Terrifying moment when a ten-foot great white shark circles ominously around a kayaker – before attempting to retrieve a chunk from his paddle
- Matthew Gorne was kayaking 10km off the coast of Port Augusta, South Australia
- The professional fisherman filmed the great white shark circling his kayak
- As Mr. Gorne paddles away, the shark surfaces and tries to bite the oar
A ten-foot great white shark has attacked a terrified kayaker, trying to extract a piece from his paddle in footage captured on camera.
Matthew Gorne was fishing from his kayak in Spencer Gulf, 6 miles outside Port Augusta, South Australia, when the great white shark swam toward him.
The fisherman filmed the encounter with the ten-foot monster with his GoPro and shared the footage on Monday, which showed the huge predator under and beside his kayak.
The predator suddenly appears with its mouth wide open and tries to bite Mr Gorne’s oar while the fisherman tries to paddle away (pictured)
The curious shark disappears and reappears within seconds as it circles the kayak again.
“I know I’m stupid to go out without a shark shield,” said Mr. Gorne the advertiser.
“But I’m definitely going to invest in it now.”
As Mr. Gorne begins to paddle away, assuming the shark has finally left him alone, the large white surface with its beak open surfaces and he tries to cling to his paddle.
The fisherman can be heard yelling ‘f***’ before rigorously paddling away.
Mr. Gorne kept calm as the great white shark swam under his kayak and circled around him (pictured, Mr. Gorne fishing in his kayak)
A spokesman for the municipality said the coastal area was popular with anglers, as it is known for its kingfish and snapper.
“It’s a place where a lot of fishermen cross the water… luckily because most sharks that come here are usually well fed by the kingfish,” the spokesman said.
“Where there are big fish, there are often bigger fish.”
Australia has two populations of white sharks, an eastern population ranging from Wilson’s Promontory, Victoria to central Queensland and a southwestern population ranging from Wilson’s Promontory to northwestern Western Australia.
Taronga’s Australian Shark Incident Database recorded just two shark attacks in the Spencer Gulf
The fisherman filmed the terrifying moment when a great white shark swam under his kayak and began to circle around him in the waters off South Australia (pictured)
Data from Taronga’s Australian Shark Incident Database showed that Spencer Gulf has the lowest number of shark encounters in South Australia, with only two non-fatal attacks recorded.
The highest number of non-fatal shark attacks occurred on the Fleurieu Peninsula with 19 since records began, followed by Eyre Peninsula with eight, Yorke Peninsula with seven, Adelaide Metro area with six and four on the Limestone Coast.
The last confirmed fatal shark attack in South Australia was in February 2014 when a 28-year-old man was killed while spearfishing 100 yards off Locksmith Beach near Edithburgh on the Yorke Peninsula.
The professional fisherman (pictured) said he would invest in a shark shield after meeting the huge shark