A video of a pod of giant stingrays swimming just metres from unaware beachgoers has gone viral – but for an unintended reason.
Originally posted by US news outlet ABC on Twitter, the post has now been retweeted more than 15,000 times and attracted thousands of comments, mostly about the extremely sunburnt man spotted enjoying a swim at the Florida beach.
“Are we really going to ignore the giant red man in the water? I think he may have a little bit more to worry about than some giant stingrays swimming peacefully by...” one person wrote.
“That first beachgoer is apparently also completely unaware of the existence of sunscreen,” another suggested.
“Ain't nobody thinking about the damn stingrays! ... Except maybe wondering what they thought when they encountered their first red human being,” a third added.
Many people seemed concerned for the sunburnt man, wondering how he would cope after getting too much sun.
“Is that dude OK? Like, is his flesh literally on fire?” one person asked.
“That red man is going to have some regrets when he tries to sleep. And when he wakes up. And all the next week,” another wrote.
A few people suggested a new headline on the video to showcase the real star.
“Lava man goes for a swim near stingrays who seem unaware of their danger,” one suggested on Twitter.
“In other news, Hellboy was sighted in the surf zone today,” another person commented.
Others suggested the ABC reach out to the red swimmer to make sure he has recovered from his day in the sun.
“Rays doing what rays do but that dude needs to get checked for melanoma. I’m very concerned about his skin,” one user wrote.
“That’s like a seventh degree burn,” another commented.
“Forget the stingrays, there’s a red human being in the water. Not normal, possible radiation poisoning. Swimmers beware.”
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