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Boy Plays in Ocean, Drone Catches What Almost Happened to Him

Artem Tkachenko, a drone pilot, was flying his camera rig over the crystal blue Atlantic Ocean. The Bahamas provided a picturesque scene with wildlife, vacationers, and the beauty of creation on full display.

A young boy saw the same inviting waters of the Bahamas and decided to go for a swim.

That’s when Tkachenko saw them.

Four sharks, seemingly attracted by the boy’s splashing, started stalking him like only an apex predator can.

It’s enough to give anyone chills.

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Check out the video, published by Inside Edition on Jan. 3:

As news.au.com reports, Tkachenko yelled to the boy. The child quickly fled the water, just feet away from the sharks he still had not seen.

While the species of shark is hard to discern due to the distorting nature of rolling water, the only thing for certain is that they were bigger than the boy. Even the relatively small and sedentary sharks generaly found close to shore are able to inflict gruesome wounds on careless swimmers.

If the boy had swum further out to sea, there’s little doubt the sharks would have had the time they needed to bite him.

Most shark attacks happen in water that is less than five feet deep. Seeing a video of these monsters swimming with ease through shallow water puts that fact in sobering perspective.

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It should come as no surprise that sharks are the undisputed predators of both the deep ocean and the shallow seas. Their bodies are literally built to hunt. As FactRetriever reports, the senses of sharks are extremely perceptive in order to track prey in murky and dark water. Their jaws protrude forward, giving them an extra edge in pursuits.

Sharks can be found in every ocean as well. While in the water, humans are awkward, slow, and noisy. In their world, we are the prey.

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Despite this, there are precautions you can take to lower your risk of encountering a shark.

According to experts, you should never swim at night, dusk, or dawn. Schools of smaller fish can indicate feeding grounds for sharks, so swimmers should avoid them. Splashing and brightly colored clothing can be a dinner bell for potential predators as well.

The most important precaution is common sense, and to never swim alone. This is one thing we can credit for potentially saving this young boy’s life.

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Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard and is a husband, dad and aspiring farmer.
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He is a husband, dad, and aspiring farmer. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard. If he's not with his wife and son, then he's either shooting guns or working on his motorcycle.
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