When a group of youngsters saw a large shark swim past their boat, they did the unexpected and jumped on top of the creature. Their actions have outraged many netizens.
A fun day on the water in July took an ugly turn when a group of friends decided to harass an animal. In the brief clip, what appears to be a large basking shark lurks just above the water's surface.
The group is on their boat, and one of them records the events as they unfold. The youngsters initially seem stunned by the creature, and some of them can be heard exclaiming in the clip.
A group of men peer over the edge of their boat as they see a large shark lurking in the water moments before two of them jump on top of the creature | Photo: Twitter/barstoolsports
JUMPING ON TOP OF THE SHARK
The last few seconds of the video showed one of the men launch himself into the water. His leap landed him right on top of the large fish.
It is uncertain whether the men were aware of the shark's breed and knew it was a harmless animal. Regardless, much of the online community called out the man's actions.
THE DISTURBING BEHAVIOR
The now-viral footage also captured a second man join his friend in the water. In the same scenes, viewers could see as the water splashed and a large commotion took place. As a result, the shark swam away quickly.
Had this group of friends misjudged the shark, things could quickly have turned deadly.
The noisy group may have thought these actions were funny or brave, but many netizens did not agree with them. Furious commenters expressed that they were disturbed by this behavior.
THE ONLINE REACTION
While the location of the video remains unknown, people were relatively certain that the shark in the footage was a basking shark. They are known to be slow plankton eaters that are unbothered by divers.
THINGS COULD HAVE TURNED DEADLY
Despite this, it is believed that people can easily mistake great whites for basking sharks. Had this group of friends misjudged the shark, things could quickly have turned deadly. One user pointed out this fact and alerted viewers to it:
"They could have easily watched their friend get eaten alive. Wow."
Users online did not condone the behavior, and many made it clear that they were "Team shark." One netizen wrote, "Not gonna lie. Pulling for the shark this time around." This sentiment was shared by much of the online community.
Others were perplexed by the thought process behind these actions and wondered what the group was thinking. A user asked, "So what was the goal here…? Scare the shark away or jump on for a ride?" Regardless, netizens believe the group was lucky to have escaped unharmed.
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