A video shared on Instagram by Hunting – Fishing – Outdoors showed a mother and her son falling into the ocean while they were hand-feeding a shark.
The boy was just a toddler and was standing at the back of a boat with his mother holding a chunk of meat and splashing it around in the ocean.
A three to four-foot shark swam up to the back of the boat and slowly took the meat from them but then, all of a sudden, they both fell in.
It wasn’t clear if their feet slipped on the boat, if the boat took off and caused them to fall forward, or if the shark somehow dragged them into the water, but they fell in hard.
Fortunately, the shark was small and swam off and didn’t attack them. Maybe if it would have been a bigger shark and it was hungry, this may have been a different story.
No injuries were reported but clearly, in the 13-second video, you can hear the onlookers panic and scream at the top of their lungs thinking something bad might happen.
Sharks are considered one of the most dangerous animals in the world and the most dangerous fish in the sea.
According to the Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary, in 2021 the total number of shark attacks reported worldwide was 137, with unprovoked bites at 73, and provoked bites at 39.
“Unprovoked bites” are defined as incidents in which a bite on a live human occurs in the shark’s natural habitat with no human provocation of the shark, Flordia Museum wrote.
“Provoked bites” occur when a human initiates interaction with a shark in some way. These include instances when divers are bitten after harassing or trying to touch sharks, bites on spearfishers, bites on people attempting to feed sharks, bites occurring while unhooking or removing a shark from a fishing net and so forth.