NEW SMYRNA BEACH (CBSMiami/CNN) – Living in Florida, you know if you go to the beach, you’re sharing the water with sharks every time you get in.
Usually, the sharks are so far from shore and you don’t give it a second thought.READ MORE: Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Buys Site Of Former Deauville Resort, Plans Luxury Hotel
When a surfer in New Smyrna Beach saw sharks swimming around him, he used a drone to find out just how many there were. He was in for a surprise.
Jeremy Johnston, 33, said he was already nervous when he went to get in to water on Tuesday because he noticed a bunch of fishermen in the area.
“But the weather and waves were really great so I decided to go for it,” he said. “I ran out and jumped on my board when I got to shin-deep water and paddled super [shallow] with just my hands, because I was scared of how many sharks were there.”
He said he only surfed for just a little bit before getting out of the water and launching his drone.
At times in the video, a dozen sharks can be seen in the shallow water.READ MORE: Teen Gymnast Reunites With Jackson Health Doctors Who Performed Life Changing Back Surgery
“I was shocked and amazed,” Johnston said about seeing how many were actually there. “I’ve only ever seen footage like that on ‘Shark Week’ and I’ve always dreamed of getting a clip like this, especially since we’re the shark bite capital of the world.”
Blacktip sharks are very common in New Smyrna Beach, so common that experts call the area the shark attack capital of the world. The International Shark Attack File estimates that anyone who has been swimming there has been within 10 feet of a shark.
In December, a 7-year-old boy was uninjured after being knocked off his board while surfing at the beach. It was all caught on video by the GoPro camera that was attached to the front of the board.
Johnston said he yelled at a couple of people to get out of the water and showed off the video to some other surfers at the beach.
Johnston doesn’t want people to be scared away from the beach and he hit the waves again on Wednesday. “It should only show you how amazing and diverse our wildlife is here on the east coast of Florida,” he said.MORE NEWS: T-Shirt Disrupts Jury Selection Process For Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz Penalty Trial
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