WATCH: Shark boldly swims along SC shore, feet away from beachgoers

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A family of vacationers got the surprise of their lives Saturday when a small but bold shark swam up to the South Carolina shore – just inches away from beachgoers.

According to the Myrtle Beach Sun News, April Plemmons of Kannapolis, North Carolina, captured video of the close encounter, which occurred just before 1 p.m. Saturday at Cherry Grove in North Myrtle Beach.

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Lifeguards spotted the 4-foot predator and urged everyone to come onto land about one minute after Plemmons had snapped a photo of her family in the water, her mother, Susan Bare, told the Sun News.

"We turned right then and saw it. I'm talking a foot from us," Bare said.

In Plemmons' video, a woman can be heard shouting, "What is it? What is it? What is that? Baby shark?" as another jokes, "Go get it!"

After getting the all-clear, the family ventured out into the waves again.

"This is the closest I've ever seen, and you can tell by the video," Bare told the Sun News.