A TERRIFYING video shows a shark swimming just several steps away from the shorelines of a busy beach.
The massive predator sent sunbathers sprinting out of the waters after swimming closely to the shores of South Forest Beach in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, last week.
At one point during the video, the shark was seen nearly out of the water, showing beachgoers just how large it was.
With summer in full swing and the Fourth of July holiday days away, Parks and Recreation officials are putting swimmers on high alert due to several shark sightings reported earlier than usual.
Several factors, including warming ocean temperatures, are contributing to an increase in shark activity in cities along the Atlantic Ocean coastline and West Coast.
A resurgence of the bunker fish population is also luring them to area waters.
EAST COAST SHARK SIGHTINGS
The first shark sighting was spotted over Memorial Day weekend just off the Massachusetts shore of the popular Nantucket beach.
A shocking video captured by a local resident shows the shark, believed to be at least 15 feet, eating a seal while swimming out in the waters.
In the video footage, the shark can be seen swimming near the Great Point Lighthouse near Nantucket beach, according to the local media outlet Nantucket Current.
On June 1, a fisherman spotted a massive 10-foot mako shark thrashing on a beach on Long Island, New York.
Video showed the shark at Point Lookout just north of the Loop Parkway bridge.
Wildlife experts believe it was a mako shark approximately 10 feet long.
On June 16, Ocearch tracked a great white shark named Andromache. He was spotted near Rhode Island.
Andromache is 10ft and 8in. The tracker picked up on his tag signal at 5.09am.
The next day, Crystal, a great white shark who is 10ft and weighs 460lb, was spotted near Maine.
Her tag’s signal sent location data to Ocearch at 4.53pm.
Another great white, named Maple, was spotted approximately 185 miles offshore of New Jersey, the non-profit announced on Twitter.
Maple, who is 11ft and 7in, has been tracked by Ocearch since September 2021. The organization said that since then, she had traveled approximately 4,800 miles.
Freya, a great white shark, was spotted on Father’s Day. The shark was spotted approximately three miles from Pea Island, North Carolina.
Also, another great white shark named Scot was spotted on Father’s Day.
Scot is 12ft and was seen near South Carolina.
WEST COAST SHARK ATTACK
Last week, a 62-year-old California native was bitten by a monstrous 20ft great white shark that left the swimming needing 30 pints of blood after being mauled.
Witnesses described the water turning red as Steve Bruemmer, 62, was bitten at Lover’s Point Beach in California.
Bruemmer was hauled out of the water by hero bystanders while a group of children visiting from Kansas watched on in horror.
Just 150 yards from shore, the “very large” shark pounced on Steve and tore into his leg, stomach and arms in one giant bite.
Onlookers told how his “bone was fully showing,” and the ocean became stained with his blood as it gushed from his wounds.
There has been a five-fold increase in great white shark sightings off the Californian coast in recent years, data reveals.
Californian lifeguards said the population of great whites has increased by five times between 2017 and 2021, the San Diego Reader revealed.
They revealed that nearly all of the sightings were youngsters.
Stanford University professor Barbara Block estimated there were around 219 adult and juvenile great whites off the state’s central coast around 12 years ago.
She believes there’s a “stable and robust” population of around 300 non-juvenile great white sharks, USA Today reported.