Sharks from a kayak

December 14, 2006

Shark!. eek. (See Swim at your own risk for some harrowing stories and a funny take on shark phobias).

Many people may have seen this but I just came across it.


It is a real picture (see here for verification) of a shark of the coast of Africa. It comes from an article in Africa Geographic and is about a group of researchers that are studying sharks from a kayak.

“Sitting in a 3.8-metre sea kayak and watching a four-metre great white approach you is a fairly tense experience. Although we had extensively tested the sharks’ reactions to an empty kayak and had observed no signs of aggression, this gave us little comfort as we eyed a great white heading straight for us, albeit slowly. Just a metre or so from the craft it veered off, circled and slowly approached from behind. It did this several times, occasionally lifting its head out of the water to get a better look. Then it lost interest, and as it continued on its way we were able to follow a short distance behind. Once we’d come to terms with having nothing between ourselves and a four-metre shark except a thin layer of plastic, our kayak made an ideal research platform for observing great white behaviour in shallow water.”


One Response to “Sharks from a kayak”

  1. For me this is a little bit scarry-kayaking in the ocean to watch the behaviour of sharks.Why don’t we let the sharks do what they want. 🙂

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