BRITNEY SPEARS SHARK SCARE

Published on: May 7, 2004

In a terrifying real life version of "Jaws," Britney Spears came face-to-fin with a trio of blood thirsty sharks while on a beach date with her new boyfriend.

"She shrieked, 'Oh, my God! Shark . . . shark!' and started splashing back to shore," said an eyewitness.

"Her eyes were wide with terror." Earlier that day, Britney and dancer Kevin Federline, 26, a Justin Timberlake look-alike, had no clue of the danger lurking offshore as they arrived at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades, Calif., April 23.

BEACH DATE

"They sat close together on a towel as they smoked cigarettes, drank bottled waters and giggled playfully," said the eyewitness. "She was wearing a yellow bikini top, a big trucker Von Dutch hat and some tiny cutoff jeans. Her guy was in a simple white T-shirt, red baseball cap and baggy jeans.

"Then, she walked down to the water to cool off, wading into the water." Suddenly, all hell broke loose.

"Three big sharks, that had to be 8 to 10 feet in length, cruised ominously by" -- just yards from where Britney was cooling off, said the eyewitness.

"She didn't see them at first and kept splashing about in the water not knowing how close the killers were. A police helicopter, a lifeguard boat and a few local TV helicopters arrived on the scene." Britney finally realized what was going on.

RUN FOR IT!

"She ran for her life from the water and into the waiting arms of her boyfriend, who held and comforted Britney for several minutes."

The lovebirds packed up and made a hasty getaway. As they were leaving the beach, the bleached blonde was overheard saying, "That was totally scary! I was almost fish food!" -- TIM PLANT