A great white shark is seen in a kayaker’s video posted to YouTube in August. (Fisherman’s Chronicles via YouTube)
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THE BRINY BLUE — Ocean fishing from kayaks has really grown in popularity in recent years, and it’s easy to see why.
Modern kayaks are more stable and maneuverable than ever, and you can accessorize them with all kinds of extra gear like fish finders, rod holders and electric motors.
It must be magical to cruise along in your kayak, far from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. The gentle sound of the waves splashing against your craft would only be interrupted by the melodic cry of passing seabirds.
I imagine that when you’re not reeling in 200-pound sailfish, you probably just lean back in your seat, close your eyes and relish the fact that you made the decision to buy a kayak.
But then a great white shark starts circling your kayak. For most of us, this would be the moment that we curse our kayaks and swear to never leave shore again.
Watch the video below to see how this brave angler reacted:
I’m amazed by this guy’s attitude. Yes, it’s magnificent to see sharks in the wild. But it’s got to be concerning when there’s only a thin layer of plastic between you and the ocean’s ultimate predator.
“I was catching bait when a large great white shark swam under my kayak,” explains the angler in the video caption. “It circled me for two minutes, then swam away peacefully. One of the best experiences of my life.”
Congratulations on your amazing encounter, my friend. And extra congratulations for not panicking when that shark decided to circle your kayak the way that I circle the dessert table at Thanksgiving dinner.