Imagine being in open water and just minding your own business when, all of a sudden, you feel like something just isn't right and, oh dear god, there might be something just inches beneath your feet that could gnaw your foot off with just one chomp. That's terrifying to even think about, let alone have to live through—whether suspected or not.
Well, one snorkeler named Helen nearly became lunch for a shark in this very situation—but had zero clue about it until she watched footage from a drone that was flying above her.
According to GrindTV, which first published the scary moment, Helen and her boyfriend David were snorkeling off of West Palm Beach in Florida, with the man filming their day in the ocean from above to watch later on in their Airbnb or something.
Needless to say, the guy's girlfriend almost didn't make it, because a 5-foot blacktip shark came within a few inches of her flippers, which is enough for me to stay the hell out of the water for the foreseeable future.
In his own words, here's how David captioned the video on Instagram:
"So this happened yesterday! While filming my girlfriend @helenpalacios with my drone a shark came close to tasting her. What I think happened was that the shark confused her fins for a fish, but then as soon as it realized it was a human it quickly backed off. The poor water visibility confused the shark. This is how most shark attacks happen in Florida specially this time of year when sharks like the blacktip are migrating through the Florida coast following schools of fish. Sharks aren’t man eaters they’re just carnivores who make mistakes like we do. Helen and I will continue to explore our beautiful ocean."
That last part about them continuing "to explore our beautiful ocean" because sharks are "just carnivores who make mistakes like we do" is kind of disturbing, right? I mean, would that be his line at her funeral had this gone the other way?
Fortunately, no one was hurt and both Helen and David can go on with their lives knowing that these types of things are just a crazy twist of good or bad luck—with both of them lucky as hell that they had the former during their last snorkeling trip.