Heart-stopping moment, giant shark chases surfers as they frantically paddle back to shore

THIS is the dramatic moment two surfers are chased by a giant shark as they frantically try to race back to shore.

Heart-stopping footage shows the monster’s dorsal fin sticking out of the water in Puerto Rico as violent waves crash around it – just a few feet away from the pair.

Panicked surfer tries to race back to shore after spotting a shark lurking around

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Panicked surfer tries to race back to shore after spotting a shark lurking aroundCredit: Reuters
The shark can be seen thrashing in the rough water at Middles Beach in Puerto Rico

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The shark can be seen thrashing in the rough water at Middles Beach in Puerto RicoCredit: Reuters

Two people in the water can be seen desperately trying to swim away when the shark plunges into the near water at Middles Beach, Isabela.

Surfer Rolando Montes can be seen panicking as he paddles back to safety while his friend tries to run up on his board.

Amazed viewer Jorge Benitez shot the scene too close for a comfortable encounter as his friends fled from the giant predator.

He said sharks are rarely seen in the area.

“This was the first shark I saw,” Benitez said.

“Although it is known that they are around the areas, it seems they have enough food so we hardly have any problems if any.”

Shark attacks in the waters off Puerto Rico are rare – with the most recent being reported in 2011.

It comes later The number of shark attacks exploded globally as swimmers continued to ignore warning signs of a bloodbath – saw nearly 800 people assaulted in just 9 years.

The US has surpassed Australia in the number of attacks with Cape Cod, Massachusetts, now considered the shark capital of the world.

Experts report seeing 50 people in the popular holiday paradise alone this summer.

Yet despite a spike in ferocious beasts and warning signs of attacks on beaches in the US and Australia, swimmers are still putting themselves at risk. .

This year has seen 49 shark attacks – six fatal – globally, as underwater predators continue to move closer to humans.

NS The US recorded the most number of shark bites, reported 33 incidents, while Australia recorded 18 incidents.

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According to data published by the International Shark Attack File, a whopping 791 shark attacks were reported between 2010 and 2019, with a global annual average of 80 bites.

It shows a staggering increase over the data from 1970 to 1979, when only 157 attacks were reported.

Surfers and water sports enthusiasts appear to be the top targets, accounting for 61% of the victims last year.

Meanwhile, a researcher was amazed to discover a shark still hunting – despite being “eaten in half”.

The scientist, who was releasing a blackhead shark on the ocean floor, was stunned to see the beast injured in a cannibal attack.

Dr. Mario Lebrato, 35 years old, from Spain, says he has captured extremely rare footage off the coast of Mozambique – about one to two meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean.

But when he and his team released the shark, another group of predators attacked it, causing a series of deadly injuries.

Despite the onslaught and the loss of a large part of its body below, the shark continued to fight for its life when it was seen swimming away.

Two surfers manage to escape the beast

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Two surfers manage to escape the beast
The shark can be seen prowling near the shore

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The shark can be seen prowling near the shore

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