Surfers Exit Water After I Warn Them White Shark Approaches

Feb 19, 2021
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In this Vlog style entry, I narrate the events as they occur live.
On Feb. 7th, 2021, while everyone else is watching the Super Bowl, I head out to an empty beach in search of whales and sharks. I end up warning a couple surfers about a white shark that is approaching them.
The surfers left the water after the shark came close. While, I don't believe the shark was purposely hunting them, it's wise to leave the water if there is prey in the vicinity.
Special thanks to photographer Amanda Elkins for capturing the audio and video as this occurred.

I'm NOT a marine biologist or naturalist. As with all USworlds content, I encourage independent verification of facts via official scientific and trustworthy sources. I will strive to post citations for any information I discuss here whenever possible. My goal is to use photography and drones to bring awareness to wildlife and the nature around us. I welcome collaborations with scientists to bring cinematic elements to the educational presentation.
For all footage licensing inquiries please reach out directly to me via the contact form on my website.
All music has been licensed for use. For more music, I encourage a visit to the pages of artists I incorporate into these videos.
"Retro City" by Cody Martin

Beach Safety and Shark Info:
California State, Long Beach Shark Lab
For information about local shark research and/or to donate, please visit

  • Amazing.

    Diego RamalhoDiego Ramalho8 hours ago
  • Im so invested in these! I didnt even know I could be thid invented in sharks. Your voice combined with these clips make me so relaxed!!🥰

    Our ChicagoLegendsOur ChicagoLegends11 hours ago
  • USworlds Algorithm keep putting your videos in my feed. I love the consistency and quality. I am finally going to subscribe! Keep on grinding!

    Jake RasconJake Rascon15 hours ago
  • There 2 sharks, 1:09

    Dan PatientDan Patient22 hours ago
  • Would’ve been cooler if you let nature take it’s course

    Brenden AchesonBrenden AchesonDay ago
  • You are the best in every way! I love great white sharks and this is a whole new way to watch them and you are being such a advocate for them while possibly saving people as well. Thank you for your beautiful videos and sharing your talents with us.

    Taylore Dawn KellyTaylore Dawn KellyDay ago
  • the way the guy just took off with the board and left her XDDDDD

    swr Rebels Ruleswr Rebels RuleDay ago
  • Omg! I love your channel ❤️❤️❤️

    Iffah ShaharruddinIffah ShaharruddinDay ago
  • Plot twist: The shark buys a drone and shows up at TheMalibuArtist's home filming him thru his windows.

    kman 4443kman 44432 days ago
  • 76 hungry Great White sharks disliked this video.

    kman 4443kman 44432 days ago
  • I’m going in a shark cage in Hawaii in the summer and boy I’m scared but I can’t stop imagining seeing them swimming or surfing 😱

    Sara PoultonSara Poulton2 days ago
  • Surfing is a lot of fun except for big man eating things.

    Colleen Johnston ComedyColleen Johnston Comedy2 days ago
  • that's f'n gnarly, that would spook me , I'd be uncomfortable knowing for certain they are out there and curious, and being totally unaware.

    nextarinextari2 days ago
  • Save the sharks!! Human deaths aren't relevant to the planet. We must save whales, sharks, dolphins, etc.

    Carolyn FeldmanCarolyn Feldman2 days ago
  • Awesome video

    Emperor of all HumanityEmperor of all Humanity2 days ago
  • What part is Malibu is this?

    Omid FilmsOmid Films2 days ago
  • He’s cruising the dirty sand line he hears there splashing it’s a good ambush point if they would’ve went out farther past the dirty sand line it would’ve probably been a different situation. But he grew inpatient and started in towards suffers to take a look to see what might be on the menu. There sensory perception is incredible and since of smell.

    Edward ThacherEdward Thacher2 days ago
  • What drone do you use?

    Enrique GomezEnrique Gomez2 days ago
  • if i ever see a drone while swimming in the ocean im outta there

    Jake RyanJake Ryan2 days ago
  • Thanks for showing these amazing creatures. You’re footage and narration is great and educational for many folks that have fears of these creatures. I wouldn’t want to be swimming next to one but seeing how they interact with their environment is lovely to see.

    Michelle CevallosMichelle Cevallos2 days ago
  • Great White Attack good way to leave this Life ,Avoid when possible, Drones with light or sound Warning for Beach folks a good Move ".

    Bear Claw'Bear Claw'2 days ago
  • Great vídeo, congratulations from Brazil

    Veleiro SiriusVeleiro Sirius3 days ago
  • Awesome footage. The few dislikes are Great Whites that can afford wi fi. Totally bogus.

    John AsburyJohn Asbury3 days ago
  • Hey mate australian drone operator here love your work only just started watching and subscribed which I don't do often. I'm currently getting licensed so I can hopefully get a job working for surf life savings drone program over here in sydney. But I might get out there and try capture some wildlife as we have great whites here too. Anyway keep it up and I'll keep watching.

    Jeff HolstatJeff Holstat3 days ago
  • This footage is addictive! Keep up the good work!!!

    Pretty Bird AquaticsPretty Bird Aquatics3 days ago
    • Thanks a ton!

      TheMalibuArtistTheMalibuArtist3 days ago

    jack mehoffjack mehoff3 days ago
  • Every beach should have a drone person to heck for sharks

    RobLeeRobLee3 days ago
  • 3:33 looks like there was one in the upper right corner

    ErodoehtErodoeht3 days ago
  • Nice to see that that shark is tagged

    YamesYames3 days ago
  • The shark needs to learn to take out the drone first.

    Eljan RimsaEljan Rimsa4 days ago
    • Funny!

      TheMalibuArtistTheMalibuArtist4 days ago
  • I often SUP at CI Harbor/ Sea bridge & mandalay beach area and every time I see a drone I’m like “ crap is there a shark around me??” and get a mini heart attack only to see a seal 😅

    DianaKim DangDianaKim Dang4 days ago
  • If you really want to monetize, then you need to stop warning the surfers. You would never see a nat-geo photographer warn the gazelle about the lion.

    Tarek AdamTarek Adam4 days ago
  • the dislikes are from the sharks

    Tomato BananaTomato Banana4 days ago
  • 300K views?????GTFOH??

    Mike DonaldsonMike Donaldson4 days ago
  • WOOWWWWW They owe u a drink or 2 mate!!!!

    Mike DonaldsonMike Donaldson4 days ago
  • Bro you can't snitch on the sharks.... they gotta eat too!

    mathew beckleymathew beckley4 days ago
    • Funny guy! lol

      TheMalibuArtistTheMalibuArtist3 days ago
  • Meanwhile, people still think I am over-sensitive when I say I have NO business bathing in the sea - for obvious reasons. You're dicing with your life.

    gabriel gervaisgabriel gervais4 days ago
  • Hey TMA, I got to ask you this! ... If a shark headed for someone and started attacking them before you were able to alert them, or after you alerted them but was still not enough, ... would you continue filming the whole thing? I'm sure you have by now a clear ethical criteria on this which undoubtedly has been a reoccurring matter in your head. Have you considered mounting a warning alarm or better still a recording saying something like "shark in close proximity" on your drone? I'm sure you'll wish you had if god forbid an attack occurred. Give yourself that peace of mind my friend. Beautiful work, but sorry, I'm just not on your side of the court on this. We are so reckless and uncaring about bringing to extinction so much of the living world without batting an eye, and no one makes nearly the issue about it they do about sharks these days. To me it's been totally over the top romanticized. I think they're too dangerous to mankind. And I don't believe they are the "cleaners of the ocean" they say they are. I would not miss them at all, and would even make an argument for extinguishing all sharks that are capable of attacking people. I feel a hundred times worse about the ignorant killing of beautiful majestic animals that share the land with us, like the ones some of these ignorant bastards hunt for sport, and I feel worse about the ghastly cruelty in the animal meat food industry, or the horrific hunting of dolphins and whales, all of which are much more emotionally developed and closer to us than the mindless overrated killing machines that sharks are. Yea sure, they are great beautiful animals too, but how about we put things in their proper order? That's just how I see it. No hard feelings, I appreciate you. Seriously consider mounting the loud speaker warning recording. It's more important than "the beauty" of these creatures.

    Patrick Edgar ReginiPatrick Edgar Regini4 days ago
  • I would have asked to see it.

    Bully BoyBully Boy4 days ago
  • That's awesome what you do and think about how many lives you could be saving they had no idea how close the encounter was great job

    Jesse MoralesJesse Morales4 days ago
  • Definite wake up call.

    Sand HopperSand Hopper4 days ago
  • That sardine was just sizing his lunch. dang!!!!! :)

    Claudio. AnveresClaudio. Anveres4 days ago
  • as soon as they came out the shark

    Vorteg AnumVorteg Anum4 days ago
  • Please do speachs and do a uk tour please i want to meet u!!!!!!! I LUV UUUUUUU!!

    ViperXXDViperXXD4 days ago
  • Dude share something about because they want shark fin trade to be banned in the eu. Some eu countries are amongst the biggest shark fishing countries on earth finning tens of millions of sharks per year. And it's a citizens initiative, so if one million people vote for it the eu commission has to react to it.

    999racing999racing4 days ago
  • This shark looks like he was hunting 🦈 he should’ve said something a lot sooner. But I can see how not trying to start a panic is safer

    Willcc19 -Willcc19 -5 days ago
  • The way he says there’s a shark is so casual. He would fail as a lifeguard.

    Willcc19 -Willcc19 -5 days ago
  • Thank You. This is so Amazing to see, absolutely beautiful.

    gracie maygracie may5 days ago
  • Nice work there... not subscribing because I hate sharks beautiful creatures but so scary.

    semgil1semgil15 days ago
    • Not really. Most shark attacks are accidents and most aren’t fatal

      Willcc19 -Willcc19 -5 days ago
  • What kind of drone do you use ?? I love sharks so much I would love to see some like that

    _Mermaidshark31_Mermaidshark315 days ago
  • Surfers are well aware there are sharks all around them. That one guy was like yeah so? haha. Nice footage though.

    Virginia GlasserVirginia Glasser5 days ago
    • And most sharks that come up to shore won’t bother people. But he was right to warn surfers

      Willcc19 -Willcc19 -5 days ago
  • Cool footage and didn’t realize they would leave visible trails in the water. Also, was that shark tagged? Looked like something on the dorsal fin.

    John HartJohn Hart5 days ago
  • Oh wow, this is great!

    Victoria WhiteVictoria White5 days ago
  • I never enter the water without my Shark Shield activated!

    AnonimouseAnonimouse5 days ago
  • Any idea the type of shark this is?

    Alan TaylorAlan Taylor5 days ago
  • He should have asked them to take a look at his monitor. That would have taken the casual bravado right out of his voice

    jumbo256 old schooljumbo256 old school6 days ago
  • Such a good channel, no nonsense no dumb promotions, just perfect content. Keep it up!

    Yurigaming204Yurigaming2046 days ago
  • This channel is my new escape from zoom class

    _Heather__Heather_6 days ago
  • This is obviously staged. Probably payed the shark after the video.

    Stefan MSStefan MS6 days ago
    • Probably a robotic shark smh

      Willcc19 -Willcc19 -5 days ago
  • Dude, that's my Beach right there!... I believe you have a money maker business right on your hands. You are doing a great Job, but you cannot patrol the whole beach and run from side to side warning people. You should Kick-Start a drone project for Lifeguards. Go ahead and design a Drone with a Strobe Light and a Raid Siren with a recorded voice shouting “SHARK”, then flight the drone just above of the shark so the people can see where is at. Promote the project in Shark-Tank (no pun intended) and there you go my friend.

    Luigi CorniellesLuigi Cornielles6 days ago
  • What type of technology is that? Amazing save

    Happy Planet Green PlanetHappy Planet Green Planet6 days ago
  • Shark:"Fucking Cheaters, how do they see me coming? Gonna write a report ... fuckers ..."

    MakozerMakozer6 days ago
  • Love the Channel.. Subscribed

    Rich MarshRich Marsh6 days ago
  • Another amazing video!

    Melissa McClainMelissa McClain6 days ago
  • Great footage!

    madmaxxedmadmaxxed6 days ago
  • I'm so pleased that your content seeks to inspire people to save the sharks, but I'm disheartened by your attempts to save the surfers 😉

    uptown3636uptown36366 days ago
  • Why are the whites so close to the beach?

    Hyeonsik LiHyeonsik Li6 days ago
  • 👍🏼for keeping surfers safe! Do you get your shark footage other than Malibu area? (I surf north Huntington Beach area)

    dren yamadren yama6 days ago
  • Is all your footage from just malibu?

    kevin wukevin wu6 days ago
  • Liked

    Bharat ThapaBharat Thapa6 days ago
  • I think I know a way to make more jobs along the coast. If there is a way to make simple, yet powerful drones that can emit an iconic alarm, you could have people at work as lifeguards, people that work as drone operators, or both depending on the type of Beach and the amount of foot traffic. Depending on how much Beach is managed, you can have drones patrolling up and down the coast as well as a few drones dedicated to focusing on the imaginary line around swimmers and people wading in the water. But I would hope that the alarm in the drones is loud enough that anyone on that stretch of Beach would know that there are sharks nearby. Also, areas that don't see too much foot traffic, but do have regular locals, could easily benefit from a drone that has a higher range with a much better camera so it can do the job of multiple drones in one because of the low popularity of that Beach.

    UVUV6 days ago
  • Wow what beach is this?

    Oscar arsenalOscar arsenal7 days ago
  • .. don't need to exit the water, just hop off your board so he can see your not prey #facepalm

    Allen KemmettAllen Kemmett7 days ago
  • Most people I meet tell me "Great whites are way far out in the ocean it is very very rare for them to be close to where you are swimming, but from what I've seen from your few videos I saw, it appears that that is false and they are actually close but we don't usually see them. Just in case I'm wrong though, can someone tell me if what people tell me is true, and there are just a lot of sharks in the area of your videos, or they are wrong and great whites really always are that close?

    King Westonian MLP OCKing Westonian MLP OC7 days ago
    • @King Westonian MLP OC might be but I don’t know if they confirmed it

      Willcc19 -Willcc19 -5 days ago
    • @Willcc19 - it says in the title and it looks like one

      King Westonian MLP OCKing Westonian MLP OC5 days ago
    • Who told you it was a great white

      Willcc19 -Willcc19 -5 days ago
  • You are amazing. I enjoy your videos very much!! From new Jersey usa

    Nicole MeadNicole Mead7 days ago
  • I like you're channel but you wait to long to tell people. If i was out there i don't care if it's 500 or a 1000 ft from me(TELL ME). You need to invest in a small bull horn, or i'll buy you one. Just let people know a shark is in that area and don't wait so long..........

    Deborah PellDeborah Pell7 days ago
  • Can't wait for your next video!

    AmosAmos7 days ago
  • Amazing footage, you are lagend man... saving some's life is like saving the whole of mankind. love from New Zealand❤

    Aamir KhanAamir Khan7 days ago
    • Whose life did he save? It’s very likely this shark wouldn’t even bother them

      Willcc19 -Willcc19 -5 days ago
  • Just found your channel! Wow! How often do you capture sharks near swimmers close to shore on Zuma Beach? 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    Jamie HJamie H7 days ago
    • Nevermind! I just read your disclaimer about locations. I grew up swimming out past the breakers at ZUMA & knew I was in the water with ocean life but now that I KNOW KNOW, I’m alittle spooked. 😬

      Jamie HJamie H7 days ago
  • Were they guys upset or thankful for the given info?

  • I hate the united states of america.

    christian smith jrchristian smith jr7 days ago
  • Great gem of a channel to find, keep it up friend, you may have potentially saved lives too

    Hunter FlowersonHunter Flowerson7 days ago
  • Really love your Channel! Amazing footage!

    SuZySueSuzyQSuZySueSuzyQ7 days ago
  • You saving ppl lives gang!!!! They need more drones an ppl doing this for 🏄‍♂️ an 🧒🏽 👦🏽 an 🏊🏾‍♂️ good duty gang!!! Keep it up

    Castro 3000Castro 30007 days ago
  • Let's narrate for a while before tellimg them

    ImDinoImDino8 days ago
  • I don't get why ppl surf, nobody would skateboard a park with hidden zombies even if it meant they'll never skateboard

    ImDinoImDino8 days ago
  • Beautiful ! What beach ?

    Mayra RMayra R8 days ago
  • Where was this? Was this in the la beach area?

    June BerrettJune Berrett8 days ago
  • The world needs more people like you!

    NathanWells TVNathanWells TV8 days ago
  • The dislikes are from sharks

    SarahSarah8 days ago
  • Well done. You are saving lives while enjoying your hobby

    Conor McanallenConor Mcanallen8 days ago
  • thanks for alerting the surfers

    Faithful WatchmanFaithful Watchman8 days ago
  • I’m not gonna say they he went as far as saving those surfers, but definitely removed the risk. Better to be safe than sorry.

    DrowsehDrowseh8 days ago
  • Just subscribed, such a great way to view GWS just doing what they do. Keep up the good work.

    craig browncraig brown8 days ago
  • They owe you beer 😆👍

    Dean GoddardDean Goddard8 days ago
  • What surprises me the most is that the shark leaves a trail in the water. Would have thought that's not possible in moving water.

    BlackbeardBlackbeard8 days ago
  • How come everyone calls them "white sharks" now?

    Anthony KirkwoodAnthony Kirkwood8 days ago
  • that's not a "white shark"

    PBGPBG8 days ago
  • I wish was at that beach 🏝 me and the shark 🦈 would have been chilling

    Aakili SharpAakili Sharp8 days ago
  • I'd be pissed at that guy for waiting until he did to tell me.

    LunaLuna8 days ago