FLORIDA KEYS (FOX 13) - Sharks are not uncommon in the waters surrounding Florida, but seeing one up-close doesn't happen every day.
But when you spend enough time in a See Through Canoe, you're bound to run into one from time to time.
That was the case this week for Michael McCarthy. During a trip to the Florida Keys with his transparent vessel, he spent a little time with an oh-so-casual bull shark.
"One of the most common questions people ask me, 'Do you ever see sharks in your clear canoe?'" McCarthy wrote on YouTube. "I always give pretty much the same response, this is Florida and there are sharks everywhere in the salt water, even in the bayous. Sharks are just part of life in the ocean."
While many would be afraid to be this close to one of the worlds great predators, McCarthy pointed out sharks don't typically look to attack humans.
"Just because you're in a clear canoe and they can see you doesn't mean that you are going to be attacked," McCarthy said. "Sharks see people all the time, they see people swimming, snorkeling, paddling on boards, flailing around on rubber rafts in the ocean. I can't tell you how many times I've watched a big hammerhead or some other large shark swim right under someone on a raft just a couple hundred feet from the beach."
This particular shark certainly did not seem to mind the clear canoe's presence.
FOX 13 News reported on this story from Tampa, Florida.