“But the weather and waves were really great so I decided to go for it,” he said. “I ran out and jumped on my board when I got to shin-deep water and paddled super [shallow] with just my hands, because I was scared of how many sharks were there.”
He said he only surfed for just a little bit before getting out of the water and launched his drone.
At times in the video, a dozen sharks can be seen in the shallow water.
“I was shocked and amazed,” Johnston said about seeing how many were actually there. “I’ve only ever seen footage like that on ‘Shark Week’ and I’ve always dreamed of getting a clip like this, especially since we’re the shark bite capital of the world.”
Johnston doesn’t want people to be scared away from the beach and he hit the waves again on Wednesday. “It should only show you how amazing and diverse our wildlife is here on the east coast of Florida,” he said.