We know children are can be wild and fearless, but Chandler Moore is taking things to another level.
The 7-year-old was enjoying the waves with his dad at New Smyrna Beach in Florida when he was knocked off of his surfboard by what they believed was a large fish.
Both were in for a huge surprise when they realized the culprit was actually a blacktip shark. Incredibly, the moment was captured on dad Shaun Moore’s GoPro camera.
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Watch: 7-year-old boy is knocked off his surfboard by a blacktip shark.
In the footage, we see Chandler up on his board before nervously jumping off the back.
“As a parent, I, of course, felt a little bit of anxiety, like, ‘Oh my gosh, what could’ve happened?” Shaun shared with PEOPLE. “But thankfully, we don’t have to worry about that.”
The pair had been out in the water for about 15 minutes before the shark paid a visit.
“Chandler caught a wave — I typically push him into the wave and then I stand in the water [while] he paddles back to me — so I noticed on that wave that he fell off the side of the board kinda awkwardly. And I said, ‘Hey what happened?’”
“He’s like, ‘I saw some fish and something bumped me and knocked me off the board. But we kept surfing. We didn’t think anything of it, and we stayed out for another 15 minutes or so.”
Shaun, who is a professional wakeboarder, shared the footage on his Instagram and followers were quick to point out something fishy in the footage.
“A couple of people thought they saw something kinda funny in the video, so we slowed the video down and paused it and were like, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s a shark!” he says. “At that point, we were already done surfing for the night and were like, ‘Oh my gosh, we dodged a bullet there.’”
A crazy close call! And incredible that it was caught on camera!
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.
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