In a new interview with Jimmy Fallon, the former High School Musical star revealed the shocking encounter he endured during his time recent time vacationing in Hawaii. During a harmless dive with "friendly sharks," Zac all of a sudden found himself face to face with an apex predator!
"I turn left and I see about a 14-foot Tiger shark just literally turning about maybe as far away as The Roots are right now, swimming directly toward me," Zac said.
"I had two choices," he continued. "The boat was behind me and technically safety was behind me and so were several people yelling, 'Come this way! Come back!'"
YIKES! That sounds so unbelievably terrifying. But we have to admit, we're not surprised by what Zac did next. He's known to be a little bit of a rebel, after all!
"She came right at me. What you're supposed to do is slow down your heart rate and stay calm and you... this is actually serious science. I held my breath, I crossed my arms, and I let the shark know I wasn't prey. I stared into its eyes... I'm dead serious. I'm not joking," he continued.
"I grabbed its fin and rode it all the way back to the boat," he said.
Wait — WHAT?! ZAC EFRON GRABBED THE FIN OF A SHARK AND RODE IT ALL THE WAY BACK TO HIS BOAT. This is not a joke. This is a real thing that actually happened.
But what would Mrs. Darbus say?
Don't believe us? Watch the video of Zac telling the amazing story below:
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