Big Shark Nearly Chases Stingray Up Onto South Carolina Beach

Hammerhead shark
Katy Albright

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me like we’ve been seeing a lot of “sharks swimming really close to shore” videos this summer.

Luckily I went on vacation to the beach early on in the year, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have gotten into the ocean after seeing all of these scary shark encounters. Don’t get me wrong, I love the ocean, but I don’t love it that much.

This shocking video comes out of Hilton Head, South Carolina and was recorded by a beachgoer by the name of Katy Albright this past Tuesday. She was apparently enjoying the calming waves of the ocean when she suddenly saw a shark fin thrashing around in the shallow tide.

And I’m afraid to say it, both because I wasn’t there and I don’t want it to be true, but it looks like the shark is in water that is less than knee deep. I was always told that sharks would never get that close to the shore and risk beaching themselves, and it appears that was just a myth to make people feel better.

This shark had no problem chasing a stingray up into the shallow water, and though you might think that a stingray could have the upper hand in shallow water, that was not the case in this encounter.

It appears that the shark quickly gets the best of the stingray, proven true by the blood that begins to dye the salt water red around the battling shark and stingray. A brutal way for the stingray to go out, and it happened so close to the shore that beachgoers got to witness the horror up close and personal.

My favorite part of the whole thing is when it sounds like a child that is standing nearby asks:

“What is the shark doing?”

And like every good parent should do, the woman shields the kid from knowing exactly what was going on and keeps the “sunshine and rainbows” of the child’s life in tact, saying:

“He’s probably playing around with it.”

Yeah buddy, that shark is just having a good ole game of tag with the stingray. In fact, it looks like they brought some red Kool-Aid to drink too! That’s why the ocean water is being stained with a red substance, and that pool of red is definitely not blood…


A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock