A man paddleboarding off Jupiter’s coast this week ended up getting a fintastic surprise.
Maximo Trinidad, of Port St. Lucie, was stand up paddleboarding near Carlin Park during his lunch break Thursday, when he paddled right into a spinner shark.
The collision even knocked him off his board.
Out on the water during a time of “decent surf building and strong offshore winds,” Trinidad 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.)