Kayaker Trailed by Great White Shark Along Cape Cod Coast (Photo)
What would you do if you are kayaking and there’s a shark trailing you at the back? This is the terrifying scene which happened to a first time kayaker Walter Szulc Jr. off the Coast Of Cape Cod.
Szluc was only about 200 feet from shore, paddling in 8 feet of water, when the shark’s dorsal fin emerged and began trailing him at a distance of 10 feet.
The horrifying close encounter with the shark was witnessed by beachgoers on Nauset Beach near Cape Cod and they began lining the beach screaming ‘shark, shark’ to attempt to warn Szluc. However, he failed to hear them.
When he finally got the message, Szluc turned around once as it was captured on camera in the photo below. He then realized the danger, and paddled vigorously to safety.
“There were hundreds of people on the beach, and they were all at the edge, yelling paddle paddle, paddle!,” said beachgoer Dave Alexander.
“You could see the darkness of it. It was longer than the kayak…it was crazy big,” Debbie sutton, a beachgoer who was watching the scene, said.
Safely on dry land, Mr. Szulc said he had not heard the warnings and had no idea there was a shark behind him until he was close to shore.
‘I looked behind me and that’s when I saw the shark, it was pretty much right there. I got a glimpse of it. It was a good size and it had a fin sticking out, so I just turned and paddled. I took a quick glance, it was probably seven to eight feet behind me,’ he said.
Szulc said that he had teased his daughter before the close encounter because she refused to go in the water out of fear of sharks. Her daughter refused. To assure that there’s nothing to be afraid of, Szulc went in the water and began kayaking.
There have been reports of shark sightings in areas like Cape Cod during its peak of Summer tourism. Last July 3, two great whites were spotted off the coast of Orleans and Chatham.
Greg Skomal, a senior biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, said that reports of great white shark sightings have increased since 2008. This is because of the increasing population of seals from 10,000 to 300,000 due to conservation efforts. Seals serve as the food of sharks.
Lifeguards immediately closed Nauset Beach after spotting the great white. No one was harmed during the incident.