Why This Drone Footage Of A Bunch Of Sharks Swimming Around Surfers Is Actually A Good Thing
Far be it from me to dispute the destructive capacity of the ocean's apex predator, but there's something about this drone footage taken off Pismo Beach (about 150 miles north of Los Angeles) that's kind of nice; almost sweet. In it, a "drone shark" silently hovers over a shore break peppered by wetsuit-clad surfers, most of which are just sitting on their boards waiting for waves. It also picks up some rather large, Great White-looking shadows.
No one gets eaten. Not even a little bit. Hooray!
After watching the five-minute video, the logical conclusion would be that this particular beach is not safe for human use. The more big sharks lurking near shore, the more shark attacks. That makes sense. However, by virtue of the fact said sharks are minding their own business and NOT attacking people, it wouldn't be crazy to watch this video and feel some sense of security. At no point do the surfboard-sized fish seem even slightly interested in approaching the surfers -- whose feet dangle in the water like little human-flavored lollipops -- let alone interested in attacking them. It's oddly reassuring to know that a shark (or several sharks) can peacefully co-exist with people in shallow water, right?
They're waiting for fish. We're waiting for waves. For what it's worth, that's a pretty sweet deal considering how easy it would be for them to take a foot or two back with them into the deep ocean.
That being said, I'm never swimming again. Not even in a pool.
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