Watch This Port St. Lucie Man Paddleboard Right Into A Shark
A Port St. Lucie local got knocked off his paddleboard Thursday, but it was no fault of his own.
Maximo Trinidad had paddled right into a spinner shark off the coast of Jupiter, and the collision tipped his balance.
Trinidad was stand up paddleboarding near Carlin Park during a time of "decent surf building and strong offshore winds." Out on the water for during his lunch break, he caught the whole shark encounter on video and posted a clip, plus details, to YouTube.
Spinner sharks are known for leaping out of the water in a spiral motion when they're feeding, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History, but luckily, Trinidad was not hurt.
The video shows him climb back onto the board safely, though still stunned and laughing about the thrill. The clip concludes with the local paddleboarder summing up his experience: "Priceless!! Awesome Day!" he wrote.
Trinidad spoke to WPTV about his surreal encounter.
"As soon as I saw that big beautiful animal jumping next to me, everything went into slow motion. I didn't want to be on top of it and think I was a fish," he said.
Watch the shark jump out of the water in the video below. (Warning: Contains explicit language.)