A Florida father was having a family outing at the beach when chilling drone photos saved his three children from a possible shark attack.

As Daniel Watson told FOX35, his kids were playing in the shallow part of the water when he decided to snap a few aerial shots with his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone and spotted something unexpected.

A shadowy figure was lurking in New Smyrna Beach near the shore. Watson said:

“Kids were playing in the beach and I just decided, ‘Hey, now’s a good time to get a picture of them overhead. Literally, as soon as I got it into the air, I started seeing a shadow moving through the water right towards them.”

His wife Sally Watson told the outlet:

“I was like, ‘Get out, get out, get out!’”

Daniel told the outlet he wasn’t sure if the figure was a shark but rushed his kids, ages 5 to 9, out of the water anyway. He later realized his suspicions were correct.

It really was a shark moving toward his family.


Daniel said his kids were in water that was about knee deep when the shark swam just off the shore. His wife told News 13:

“When you think of a shark, you think of them in deep water, you don’t think of them extremely close, and you don’t think they’ll come in knee-deep water … it is terrifying to see them come that close to my kids.”

Luckily for the Watsons, their family was able to hurry out of the water without the risk of getting bitten.


Daniel told CBS News:

“This was just a family outing. There was no reason to bring a drone.”

Wildlife experts told News 13 that even if you’re in shallow waters there still a risk of getting bitten by a shark.

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