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    Sharks Appear Close To Shore At Florida Beach

    A video of three sharks thrashing dangerously close to the shore of a Florida beach is going viral. (Video courtesy: Stephanie Adcock)

    (Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017)

    A video of three sharks thrashing close to the shore of a Florida beach is going viral.

    Stephanie Adcock recorded the scene at Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton on Monday. Three sharks were captured on video, but Adcock said there were about seven of the creatures splashing in the water close to the shore.

    “I would say they were in our sight for a good 10 minutes,” said Adcock, who was visiting Florida from Arkansas.

    Adcock, who filmed the scene at around 3:30 p.m., said the sharks were about 5 to 7 feet in length. Most of the beachgoers made it safely out of the water when the sharks first appeared, with the exception of one person.

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    “My sons friend was snorkeling (way out there) and we were yelling for him to come in... everyone else had made it out of the water and he was unaware of what was going on!” she said on Facebook.

    Luckily, Adcock’s husband, Don, was able to help. Her son’s friend emerged from the water “winded and freaked out,” but uninjured after Don helped him out of the water.

    A similar shark sighting was reported near the shore of Fort Lauderdale Beach in April. Lifeguards evacuated the beach for about 30 minutes after hearing reports of shark sightings from beachgoers.

    Miami-Dade County has seen 15 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks since 1882, according to the University of Florida. An “unprovoked attack” is defined as an incident where a shark attack occurs on a human being in the creature’s natural habitat -- without provocation from the person, according to the International Shark Attack File.

    Volusia, Brevard and Palm Beach County have seen the most unprovoked attacks since 1882. Okaloosa County has seen three unprovoked attacks since 1882, making the sighting somewhat rare.

    Adcock's video has been shared more than 25,000 times on Facebook so far. 

    CORRECTION (June 28, 2017, 11:39 p.m. ET):An earlier version of this story stated Stephanie Adcock was visiting Florida from Arizona.

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