An enraged 10-foot long bull shark propelled itself at jet skier Rick Manning off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
The incident that happened on Saturday was caught on drone vision.
Rick Manning thought he spotted baitfish about 65 feet off the coast of N. Stradbroke Island and sent up a drone to investigate. What the drone recorded instead were five enormous sharks swimming in the water.
Manning then got on his jetski and traveled to the area to get a closer look at the sharks.
After circling several times in the water around one of the bull sharks, the predator got enraged and headbutted Manning’s watercraft with its mouth open, almost taking out his leg in the process.
“He just turned around, and I thought, oh, here we go,” Manning told 7NEWS from Australia.
“Those videos where you see a shark feeding and the teeth come out of the gums, that’s exactly what I saw.
Drone footage, filmed by Manning, shows the moment when the shark threw itself at the jet ski.
Fortunately, Manning escaped the incident unscathed.
While the incident was terrifying, Manning said it would not prevent him from returning to his watercraft.
“He probably won’t get that close, keep a little more distance between us,” he said.
The number of shark attacks has exploded worldwide, with nearly 800 people mutilated in nine years.
The United States has surpassed Australia in the number of attacks, with Cape Cod, Massachusetts, now considered the shark capital of the world.
According to data published by the International Shark Attack File, 791 shark attacks have been reported between 2010 and 2019.
Nine people were killed in some 60 shark attacks worldwide in 2020, the highest number since 2013.
Scientists have suggested that modifying hunting grounds, climate, increased stays, overfishing, and even “chance” may have played a role in the increase.
The total number of attacks appears to be trending, with the International Shark Attack File (ISAF) reporting 64 attacks in 2019.