Ilan Toussieh saw what appeared to be a “huge grey submarine” under his kayak and soon realized he was in the company of an enormous Great White Shark Circles Kayak (watch videos below for proof).
He tried to stay calm as the predator circled him, but it proved difficult.
Great White Shark Circles Kayak On Thursday, after the video of his encounter went viral, he told HuffPost about the shark: “It was about as long and wide as my kayak,” he recalled. “Knowing it could easily flip my kayak if it wanted, I felt intimidated; my life could have been in jeopardy.”
Toussieh managed to capture stunning clips of the great white from numerous perspectives, including underwater. His “Fisherman’s Chronicles” YouTube channel shared the videos last week; however, his adrenaline-fuelled adventure along California’s central coast took place in late July.
“As it circled me, I realized there wasn’t much I could do about it and just relaxed and enjoyed the ride,” he said. “Trying to escape would likely lead to more curiosity from the shark and could potentially identify me as prey, so instead of running, I stayed put and did my best to record this predator on my GoPro cameras.”
Eventually, the shark left, leaving the fishermen in awe.
“This turned out to be one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and I believe I captured one of the greatest kayaker/great white interactions ever,” he remarked.