Sebastian Inlet Surfer Miraculously Escapes Sharks During Mullet Run

Sharks swim around Sebastian Inlet surfer. (Photo by Laura Evans)
Sharks swim around Sebastian Inlet surfer. (Photo by Laura Evans)

The mullet run has attracted all kinds of fish near the Sebastian Inlet, including sharks. Each year, during the peak months of September and October, you can see the mullet at the beaches along Florida’s east coast as well as the Indian River Lagoon.

Earlier this week, a surfer named Eli McDonald was catching waves near the Sebastian Inlet when he noticed several mullet swimming around him.

When we saw the photos, they looked like dolphins to us chasing mullet. However they were indeed Black Tip Sharks.

Then suddenly, he saw a few sharks swimming around. McDonald’s fiance, Laura Evans, began to take pictures as soon as she noticed a school of mullet jumping around him.

Photo by Laura Evans
Photo by Laura Evans
Photo by Laura Evans
Photo by Laura Evans

As McDonald was on the surfboard, he kept his hands and feet in the air as the sharks swam around him, going after the mullet. Evans watched from the shoreline in horror and was praying he didn’t get bit.

In the past, many surfers have been bitten by sharks during a mullet run.

Luckily, McDonald was able to swim away and made it safely to shore.

Medium-sized sharks love to hunt in the shallows near the beach for fish, but occasionally they bite swimmers and surfers during a feeding frenzy.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies. In 2002, he permanently moved back to Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.