California surfers capture video of great white shark going airborne

Written by on April 20, 2016 in Critters vs Humans vs Critters - No comments

More evidence that sharks are the true athletes of the seas.

Drew Palumbo was out surfing with his friend Ben Slaybeck around noon on Monday when the not only saw – but caught in video – a great white shark leaping out of the ocean at Sunset Beach, California.

“After taking some drone footage of him,” Palumbo wrote on his YouTube video, which has been viewed more than 14,000 times in one day. “I put my GoPro onto my 3d printed mouthmount and went out to catch some waves for myself. Shortly after, I paddled out toward a wave, pressed record, and caught a great white shark breaching from about a 100ft away or so.”

A Great White shark leaps from the water off the California coast/Drew Palumbo/YouTube

A great white shark leaps from the water off the California coast/Drew Palumbo/YouTube

Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, told the Orange County Register that the shark could have been playing or trying to shake off a joyrider, such as annoying water bugs. But precisely why sharks make such great leaps is still up for debate among biologists.

“We just don’t know,” Lowe told the newspaper.

Photos Drew Palumbo/YouTube

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