Kayakers' terror as hungry sharks circle

Wednesday, 16 January 2008
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Daniel Pennington paddles for his life off Great Barrier Island with a shark in pursuit.
Daniel Pennington paddles for his life off Great Barrier Island with a shark in pursuit.
Daniel Pennington and his 22-year-old friend Dean Woodgate got the scare of their life back about a month ago when they were out kayaking off Great Barrier Island in New Zealand.

Things were going well when about ½ way through their day paddle a 2m shark decided to chase a fishing lure that Daniel had been towing.

"It was dead calm and very glassy. It was a beautiful day ... then Dean saw this fin come up behind my rudder, just like you see in Jaws, like slowly just coming out of the water. He yelled out and I looked behind my kayak and could see this big fin. It was following me and I wanted to get rid of the lure [even though] it was too close to be going for my lure."

After paddling away, Mr Pennington slowly came to a halt and the shark, which was about 2m long, disappeared under the water.

"Meanwhile a bigger shark [around 4m] appeared so I paddled over to Dean to hold on to his kayak so that we looked like a bigger object."

"It was dead calm and very glassy. It was a beautiful day ... then Dean saw this fin come up behind my rudder, just like you see in Jaws, like slowly just coming out of the water. He yelled out and I looked behind my kayak and could see this big fin. It was following me and I wanted to get rid of the lure [even though] it was too close to be going for my lure."

After paddling away, Mr Pennington slowly came to a halt and the shark, which was about 2m long, disappeared under the water.

"Meanwhile a bigger shark [around 4m] appeared so I paddled over to Dean to hold on to his kayak so that we looked like a bigger object."

More info: The New Zealand Herald

Daniel Pennington paddles for his life off Great Barrier Island with a shark in pursuit.
Daniel Pennington paddles for his life off Great Barrier Island with a shark in pursuit.
Daniel Pennington and his 22-year-old friend Dean Woodgate got the scare of their life back about a month ago when they were out kayaking off Great Barrier Island in New Zealand.

Things were going well when about ½ way through their day paddle a 2m shark decided to chase a fishing lure that Daniel had been towing.

"It was dead calm and very glassy. It was a beautiful day ... then Dean saw this fin come up behind my rudder, just like you see in Jaws, like slowly just coming out of the water. He yelled out and I looked behind my kayak and could see this big fin. It was following me and I wanted to get rid of the lure [even though] it was too close to be going for my lure."

After paddling away, Mr Pennington slowly came to a halt and the shark, which was about 2m long, disappeared under the water.

"Meanwhile a bigger shark [around 4m] appeared so I paddled over to Dean to hold on to his kayak so that we looked like a bigger object."

"It was dead calm and very glassy. It was a beautiful day ... then Dean saw this fin come up behind my rudder, just like you see in Jaws, like slowly just coming out of the water. He yelled out and I looked behind my kayak and could see this big fin. It was following me and I wanted to get rid of the lure [even though] it was too close to be going for my lure."

After paddling away, Mr Pennington slowly came to a halt and the shark, which was about 2m long, disappeared under the water.

"Meanwhile a bigger shark [around 4m] appeared so I paddled over to Dean to hold on to his kayak so that we looked like a bigger object."

More info: The New Zealand Herald

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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