Adventure Magazine|April 2020
BUT – while fishing off Stanmore Bay Point (not long before the lockdown), a popular area just as the tide turned, I was ‘investigated’ by a 2.5+ meter great white. I don’t have a fear of sharks, I have dived with them extensively in Tahiti and Fiji and even photographed Great Whites in Tasmania, but I do have a deep respect for them and the role they play.
I have seen bigger sharks but from a boat not in a kayak. In a kayak you are really exposed, and very close to their level.
I heard him before I saw him. I saw him approach from the right-hand side. At which point I slashed at him with my rod accompanied by a range of expletives – made no difference. It was like being approached by a couch; his length was less intimidating than his girth.
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