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TikToker witnesses shark circling two 'oblivious' beachgoers: 'This is why I will not swim'

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A beachgoer in Florida recorded terrifying footage of a shark appearing to circle a pair of oblivious swimmers, and now over 31 million people have watched the clip.

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TikTok user Connor Seitz (@cseitz2281) filmed the scene from his hotel room at Panama City Beach on July 18. The video starts out with a wide shot of the coastline before it zooms in on two unsuspecting girls swimming near a shark.

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Gradually, the shark gets closer and closer to the swimmers, and onlookers with Seitz can be heard saying, “It’s circling them.”

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“Oh s***,” Seitz says in response.

The shark initially started to swim away before doubling back. Seitz identified the shark as a hammerhead in the video.

“Oh my lord,” he says. 

Commenters demanded to know why Seitz didn’t try to warn the swimmers instead of just filming them.

“We didn’t yell because we didn’t want to cause them [to] panic and potentially aggravate the shark,” Seitz explained in the comments. “We were also on the 23rd floor … They would never have heard us.”

It was actually a smart call on Seitz’s end not to start screaming and alert the swimmers. Experts recommend moving slowly away to the shore and explicitly say to avoid thrashing your arms or splashing around. 

“Them being oblivious was the best thing that could have happened,” someone added in the comments.

“This is where the phrase ‘ignorance is bliss’ [could] not be any truer,” another wrote.

“Such a good representation of how sharks want nothing to do with us!” a commenter pointed out.

Others failed to see the silver lining.

“This is why I will not swim,” a person said.

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