Are these surfers aware sharks are circling them?

Are these surfers aware sharks are circling them?

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Are these surfers aware sharks are circling them?

Decorated South African surfer Jordy Smith was in the water surfing south of Durban, South Africa, so Brad Mommsen thought he’d capture some overhead video of the professional surfer catching some waves.

What he got instead was eye-opening footage of sharks circling the surfers, most of whom appeared unfazed by their presence.

Mommsen counted five sharks in all. Did the surfers know the sharks were there?

“Apparently one of the guys said they thought they saw one shark so a couple of them got skittish,” Mommsen told Surfer. “You can see in the clips a few of them huddle together and some scramble in on a wave. But I don’t believe any of them knew to what extent the actual shark activity was in the water.”

Mommsen called seeing five sharks swimming around together “pretty gnarly,” but with several friends in the water he was “very concerned,” at the time.

“But looking at the footage a couple of times shows that there is a distinctive inquisitive nature to sharks and that they actually check us out a lot without us even noticing,” Mommsen told Surfer. “If you look closely at the activity, they look more afraid of us than we do of them.”

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