Drones often give us a new perspective, but a Florida dad was stunned to see what his DJI Mavic 2 Pro captured while he was recording his children swimming in shallow waters.
Flying his drone above New Smyrna Beach off the central east coast of the Sunshine State, Dan Watson noticed a large black shadow approaching the area where his children were swimming. The professional photographer forgot about his camera gear for the moment and immediately shouted to his children and two other nearby swimmers to get out of the water.
While the swimmers scrambled out of the water, the shark appeared to turn away, as seen in the second photo of Watson's Instagram Post. All five retreated safely from the water, while the shark swam off without incident.
Watson says in his Instagram post that the encounter was "definitely too close of an encounter for my liking!" and noted that he'll probably be towing along his Mavic 2 with him on all future visits to the beach.
Some Instagram users noted that the drone would make a great addition to the safety measures employed by lifeguards, and Watson's photos make a compelling case. Battery life and flight times might make such a venture cost-prohibitive, particularly given the relative rarity of shark attacks on swimmers, but it's the kind of idea that sounds like it could happen someday.
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