Officials said on Facebook Tuesday that crew members with the sheriff’s office’s helicopter, called Henry-1, were patrolling the coast before potentially doing some open-water training in the bay.
"The crew [then] looked down and saw this beauty at the mouth of the Estero Americano in shallow water,” the sheriff’s office said in the post.
“The crew was quiet knowing they had been in that same water yesterday,” the officials continued. Officials estimated the shark to be between 13 and 15 feet in length.
The post, which had nearly 3,000 reactions on Facebook by Wednesday afternoon, was quick to garner comments.
“So happy you all had a safe day yesterday! And that ‘Jaws’ was spotted before you entered the water,” one person commented, in part.
“Great shot, thanks for sharing,” another said.
“Nice picture of the shark but would not go in the water if you paid me too!” wrote a third.
The news comes after a teenage girl who had her leg amputated following a shark attack in North Carolina said she still has respect for marine life — even sharks.
Fox News' Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.