Shark knocks man off paddle board in Florida (watch)

Paddle boarder and spinner shark collided off Jupiter Beach

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Paddleboarder collides with shark off Jupiter

A man was thrown off his paddle board by a shark in Florida on Thursday afternoon.

Maximo Trinidad was wearing his GoPro while paddle boarding the waters off Jupiter Beach when he collided with the animal.

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Luckily for Trinidad, the shark was of the spinner species, which does not view humans as prey.

Speaking to ABC News, he said he spotted the shark coming towards him but in just moments they crashed.

Trinidad said jumped right back onto his board and suffered no injuries.

"It was awesome," he laughed. "I was not even scared."

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the spinner shark is known to "spin around several times before dropping back into the sea".

While there were 59 shark attacks in Florida last year, experts believe that most shark attacks are cases of mistaken identity, which explains why nearly all in Florida are of a bite-and-release nature.

Earlier this week, a woman and her friend had a very close encounter with a great white shark after it lunged at their jet ski in Australia.

The pair were jet skiing off Fraser Island when they saw a shark and went in for a closer look.

The shark apparently did not appreciate this and rammed the jet ski.

Libby Williams uploaded footage to Facebook after capturing it on her GoPro.

She wrote: "So this just happened. I literally had to move my leg so it didn't get mauled!!"

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