Shark bites into fisherman’s kayak in ‘terrifying’ encounter

Shark bites into fisherman’s kayak in ‘terrifying’ encounter

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Shark bites into fisherman’s kayak in ‘terrifying’ encounter

Kayak fisherman Bryan Machado had a line in the water and his feet hanging over the sides “as I normally do” when what officials believe was a great white shark bit into the side of his kayak.

“It was terrifying,” he told North Coast Courier. “All I remember seeing was its head and nose sticking out of the water and a huge black eye eye-balling me.”

The encounter occurred Sunday morning off Tinley Manor, located north of Durban on the east coast of South Africa.

“It knocked my boat into the air and somehow I landed back in the seat,” Machado told Times Live. “It bit down and was thrashing and shaking around. It felt like hours, but it was probably about 10 seconds.”

Recognizing the kayak was not edible, the shark swam away.

Machado immediately began paddling back to shore all the while taking on water from the holes left in the kayak by the great white shark. A nearby ski boat escorted him to shore without further incident.

KZN Sharks Board officials measured the bite marks on the side of the kayak and estimated the shark being nearly 10-feet long.

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“We think it was a great white,” Mike Anderson-Reade of the Sharks Board told Times Live. “They are the only shark that is really inquisitive. It is not something that frequently occurs, but we have had incidents before. I don’t think it was going for the person on the ski.”

The encounter has the still-shaken Machado thinking about not kayak fishing for a while.

“Well, the boat needs some repairs,” he told North Coast Courier. “But even then I think I’m going to be taking a little break.”

Generic photo of a great white shark courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

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