A fisherman captured the terrifying moment when a huge white shark flew his kayak off the north-central coast of New South Wales.
Matthew Smith’s confrontation with the four-meter-high monster nearly 1.5 kilometers off Blackhead Beach, north of Tuncori, erupted last Saturday.
Mr. Smith was fishing on a kayak when the shark approached, leaving it frozen in fear.
‘Holy ** t! No! Not f ** k off! Shouted in clips from the meeting
Matthew Smith surrounded by a great white shark off Black Head Beach in New South Wales (pictured)
Smith said, “ I looked next to me and the shark was slipping past, looking straight at me 9 news.
This moment was captured from above by Sir Smith’s companion Nick O’Brien, who was shooting from a drone in the sky.
Mr. O’Brien could see the shark approaching, but he had no way of alerting his friend of the upcoming danger.
It was a shock. I was kind of starting to worry and think, “Hope this goes well,” he said.
The shark flew around Mr. Smith, before swimming toward the anchor attached to the tail of the kayak, causing him to throw it into the sea.
‘you can have it!’ He said in the footage.
Mr. Smith filmed the horrific encounter from his kayak, while his friend Nick O’Brien shot a drone (pictured)
Mr. Smith (pictured) threw an anchor into the water after the shark swam toward his boat
Once the anchor disappeared, the shark swam away, and Mr. Smith’s brother rushed after hearing the commotion.
Mr. Smith said the encounter inspired him to leave behind the kayak for a larger ship for his next few fishing adventures.
“The tin might get wet in the next two weeks and the boat might remain in the shed,” he said.
Seven Australians have been killed in shark attacks this year.
The death toll rose when father-of-two Andrew Sharp was killed by a shark while surfing at Kelp Beds in Wylie Bay, near Esperance on the south coast of Washington state, on October 9.
Experts believe a weather event in La Niña is leading to cooler water temperatures favored by great white sharks, which have killed many victims this year and pushed them closer to shore.
Andrew Sharp’s father (pictured) was killed by a shark while surfing at Kelp Beds in Wylie Bay, near Esperance on the south coast of WA
The first fatal shark attack this year came when diver Gary Johnson, 57, was killed by a great white shark while diving with his wife near Esperance, Washington, in January.
Esperance is a hotspot for shark attacks, as 17-year-old Letizia Brewer was killed by a large white surfing near Washington in 2017.
Wildlife ranger Zachary Roba, 23, was killed by a shark while swimming off the Queensland Great Barrier Reef in April.
Another great white shark killed surfer Rob Bedreti, 60, in Salt Beach near Kingscliff in the far north of New South Wales in June.
Spearfisher Matthew Tratt, 36, was killed by a suspected large white shark in a “provocative” attack on Fraser Island, Queensland, in July.
Later in July, surfer Manny Hart Deville, 15, was hunting the waves when he was killed by a suspected large white shark at Woolley Beach, near Grafton on the northern coast of New South Wales.
Another surfer, Nick Slater, 46, was killed to death by a suspected adult white at Greenmount Beach on the Gold Coast in September.
Surfer Mani Hart-Deville (pictured), 15, was catching the waves when he was killed by a suspected large white shark at Woolley Beach, near Grafton on the north coast of New South Wales in July.
Australia’s deaths from shark attacks in 2020
- January 5: Diver Gary Johnson, 57, is killed by a great white shark while diving with his wife near Esperance, Washington state.
- April 6: Wildlife ranger Zachary Roba, 23, is killed by a shark while swimming off the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.
- June 7: Surfer Rob Bedreti, 60, is killed by a great white shark while surfing in Salt Beach near Kingscliff in the northernmost part of New South Wales.
- July 4: Spearfisher Matthew Tratt, 36, is killed by a suspected large white shark on Fraser Island, Queensland.
- July 11: Surfer Manny Hart Deville, 15, is killed by a suspected large white shark at Woolley Beach near Grafton on the north coast of New South Wales.
- September 8: Surfer Nick Slater, 46, is shot to death by a suspected adult white at Greenmount Beach on the Gold Coast.
- October 9: A shark kills a father of two children, Andrew Sharpe, while surfing at Kelp Beds in Wylie Bay, near Esperance on the southern coast of Washington state.