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Swimmers in Florida were left in a panic when not one but two sharks were spotted lurking close to the shore at the same time.

Beachgoers relaxing on Neptune Beach in Jacksonville were surprised to see a pair of grey fins poking out of the water’s surface, which was only knee-deep high.

The close call, which was caught on camera on Saturday, July 30, resulted in someone screaming: “Get out the water!” as people can be seen suddenly scrambling to leave the ocean as quickly as possible.

No one was injured in the incident, but it left swimmers wary to re-enter the waters any time soon.

One concerned beachgoer shouted “Get out the water!” as some people (circled) were initially unware that the ocean predators had appeared on the scene ( Jam Press Vid/@karaskonieczny/Amazing Animals+/TMX)

Scary footage filmed by a resident showed onlookers watching the two sharks splashing their bodies around in the shallow surf from the safety of the beach.

This latest sighting followed an increase in the number of sharks spotted along the east coast of the US, MailOnline reports. A beach in Maine was reportedly temporarily closed last week after a great white shark was seen in the area.

The sharks flapped about in the waters while people watched on, including one resident who caught the incident on film ( Jam Press Vid/@karaskonieczny/Amazing Animals+/TMX)

Earlier on the same day as the Florida incident, a man had his leg “severely” injured in a suspected shark attack two miles away on Jacksonville Beach.

A man’s leg was left “pretty much in shreds”, reported News4JAX.

Witness Robert Alexander said: “I started splashing, making a lot of loud noises and next thing I know it was kind of tunnel vision, and I grabbed him, put him on his boogie board.”

One man was injured a couple of miles away on the same day in a suspected shark attack ( Jam Press Vid/@karaskonieczny/Amazing Animals+/TMX)

Florida is known for its regularity of shark-related occurrences. New Smyrna Beach in particular is labelled as the ‘shark attack capital of the world’.

Last year, 17 attacks were reported in the area, including a 16-year-old surfer who needed nine stitches on his arm. People are believed to be 10 times more at risk from sharks there than anywhere else in the world.

Florida has a higher rate of shark attacks than any other location in the world ( Jam Press Vid/@karaskonieczny/Amazing Animals+/TMX)

According to the International Shark Attack File, Florida accounted for 38 per cent of unprovoked attacks worldwide in 2021 and averaged 25 a year for the last five years.

However, the last fatal incident in Florida was recorded in 2010. A windsurfer, 38-year-old Stephen Schafer, was killed by multiple sharks off Stuart Beach that were thought to be great whites.

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