A California kayaker in scenic Monterey Bay got the scare of a lifetime when a great white shark knocked him into the water, then repeatedly attacked his boat.
Footage from the incident showed Brian Correiar swimming away from the scene as the 14-foot-long shark went after his kayak.
“Bite marks show that it had the whole girth of the boat in its mouth,” Correiar wrote in a blog post describing the encounter. “My boat is covered with bite marks from end to end with multiple punctures.”
The incident took place in March but recently went viral after footage was posted on YouTube.
Correiar wrote that he was about 100 yards from shore when the shark attacked:
“Suddenly, I heard a loud Bang as my kayak and I flew into the air. I landed outside my boat, look back to it and to my horror saw a large great white shark no more than three feet away had my kayak in its mouth. I could clearly see its 2-inch teeth and it’s black eye that looked lifeless.”
Correiar said the shark was using his kayak “as a chew toy,” and feared it would come after him next.
“I put my face in the water to see if it was under me, but I couldn’t see anything,” he wrote.
Correiar tried to board a passing sailboat but was unable to climb aboard because it didn’t have a ladder or transom. So he asked the boaters to call the Coast Guard. A rescue team arrived about five minutes later.
“I had always thought that great whites hit a target to test it and then backed off,” Correiar wrote. “This was a prolonged attack on the surface.”
Shark sightings have been on the rise along the California coast, which some experts believe is due to warmer waters caused by a combination ofclimate change and the recent El Nino.
(h/t SF Gate)