Incredible footage has emerged showing a Great White Shark jumping out of the water just yards away from a group of surfers in San Francisco. Nick Masturzo was surfing with buddies in San Francisco Bay, when they spotted the animal leaping towards them. The surfers were paddling off Ocean Beach at 9am on the 14th September when the 8 foot creature came into view.
Speaking about the incident, Masturzo said:
“I saw it straight on. And when I saw that white belly go up and the super defined white of pectoral fins, I knew what it was. I told everyone around me and went in. It was funny, some people were saying, ‘That’s not cool,’ but I would never say, ‘Shark’ on a small day to try to clear the water. If it was six-to-eight-foot, maybe.”
Amazingly, despite Nick’s warning, only a handful of of surfers actually exited the water. Over 30 remained in the bay. Whether this was because they disbelieved Masturzo, or ignored the warning, is not known. As for why the Great White was jumping out the water, Ralph Collier of the Shark Research Group said “It could be a form of communication between members of the species signifying dominance within a group,” he told Surfline, “similar to the ‘jousting’ between male elk and/or deer. [But] we simply do not know.”