Most of us have been taught that sharks are scary and that we should fear them. But photographer Scott Fairchild shows us that sharks and humans can coexist in peace. He recently captured drone footage showing two surfers and a great white shark swimming near each other in perfect harmony.
Scott explains that he sees great whites every day, especially at this time of the year. “They’re mostly juveniles, mostly 5-9 feet long,” he explains. While shooting this video near San Diego, CA., he also spotted the two surfers: likely a father and his son. Even though you often can’t see the shark from such an angle, this man spotted it and called his son over to see it. “As you should do, they were perfectly calm and let the shark do its thing,” Scott comments.
“Sharks are not dangerous at all to humans,” the photographer adds. “We’re not even on their radar, they’re not something to be feared or demonized in any way whatsoever.” As a scuba diving instructor, Scott has been diving with sharks many times so far. He notes that they’ll normally leave if humans annoy them and that they’re not a concern.
According to PetPedia, the odds of getting bitten by a shark are 3,748,067. So, if you happen to notice a shark while swimming – just chill, and the shark most likely will, too.