Nothing can keep Chandler Moore out of the water, not even a run-in with a shark — just ask his dad, Shaun Moore!
Over the weekend, Shaun, 40, and his son Chandler were enjoying the warm weather and some big waves at New Smyrna Beach in Florida when the 7-year-old was suddenly knocked off his surfboard by what they initially believed was a fish.
However, Shaun and Chandler were in for quite the surprise when they discovered that the innocent aquatic creature actually turned out to be a blacktip shark — and the shocking moment was captured on Shaun’s GoPro camera.
The footage shows Chandler confidently standing up on his board and gaining his balance above the water, before seeing him jumping off the back of his board in terror after something quickly approaches him from the lower left corner of the shot.
“As a parent, I, of course, felt a little bit of anxiety, like, ‘Oh my gosh, what could’ve happened?” the Florida resident tells PEOPLE exclusively after Saturday’s incident. “But thankfully, we don’t have to worry about that.”
Shaun, who is a former professional wakeboarder, said he had been out in the water with his son for about 15 minutes when the shark sighting happened.
“Chandler caught a wave — I typically push him into the wave and then I stand in the water he paddles back to me — so I noticed on that wave that he fell off the side of the board kinda awkwardly,” Shaun recalls. “And I said, ‘Hey what happened?’”
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Sooooo…didn’t really wanna have to show mom this…but , Chandler was just surfing at New Smyrna Inlet this afternoon and got knocked off his board by a Blacktip shark! Pretty wild experience, glad Chandler made it out safe! #shark #sharkattackcapitaloftheworld #nsbinlet #surfing #goproitalia
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“He’s like, ‘I saw some fish and something bumped me and knocked me off the board,’” the father of two says of Chandler’s response. “But we kept surfing. We didn’t think anything of it, and we stayed out for another 15 minutes or so.”
Conveniently, Shaun said he had mounted his GoPro camera to the surfboard, as he and Chandler often do “for fun” to document many of their father-son adventures that later turned into “little videos that we make for the family.”
So it was no surprise that when the duo returned to the beach, Shaun downloaded the GoPro footage to his phone and then uploaded it to his Instagram Stories, all of which he says was difficult to clearly see due to the glare on the beach.
It wasn’t until some of Shaun’s followers pointed out the mysterious surfboard bump that Shaun realized what had just happened.
“A couple of people thought they saw something kinda funny in the video, so we slowed the video down and paused it …read more