We’re a couple of weeks away from Shark Week, Discovery Channel’s annual lovefest to the apex predator. Every year, millions of people tune in to learn some interesting facts about sharks as well as get their yearly reminder of why you should probably avoid them at all costs. In the last week, a couple of Australians have given us the reminder message loud and clear…
On June 30th, Ken Gerke and David Barwise were kayaking off the Australian coast when Ken noticed a great white nearby. Neither of the men did anything to provoke the shark, but that didn’t stop it from chasing Ken and his kayak. He started paddling away from the shark but it pursued him – fin out of the water and all – as he calls for Dave to help.
Ken is no stranger to sharks and in fact is a “tournament and adventure angler” but he’s pretty terrified of being chased by the great white. After the initial fear wears off, Ken is able to get some pretty cool footage of the shark before it swims away. Check out Ken’s footage below, but we have to warn you that some of the language in the video is NSFW, as you can imagine. He is being chased by a killer shark after all!
Just a couple of days later, footage emerged online from May of a shark encounter that was much more harrowing than Ken and David’s. Melissa Brunning went on a “once-in-a-lifetime” boat trip to the northwestern coast of Australia. Once she and her friends were out in Dugog Bay, they decided to hand feed sharks.