Tiger Shark Attacks Kayaker Fishing Off The Coast Of Oahu

Tiger Shark Attacks Kayaker Fishing Off The Coast Of Oahu

A kayak fisher near Oahu, Hawaii had quite a scare earlier this month when a tiger shark attacked him.

Scott Haraguchi of Hawaii Nearshore Fishing shared a video of the incident on YouTube.

As he explained in the video's description, he was less than 2 miles from the shore of Oahu in Hawaii on May 12 when he heard a "whooshing" sound.

He said, "[I] looked up and saw a wide brown thing on the side of the kayak. Thought it was a turtle at first. Happened so fast."

In the video, you can see the massive shark ramming the kayak head-first with his mouth open!

Scott reacts with lightening speed and kicks the shark in the face, causing him to give up and swim away.

Scott went on to say, "Didn't realize I took my left foot out of the water to brace myself from impact and actually pushed the shark's head off with it. If you asked me to do that again, even without the shark, I don't think I'd have that flexiblity. I actually only thought the shark rammed the kayak until I saw the video at home."

You can watch the chilling moment for yourself on YouTube here.

According to Oceana, "Tiger sharks are aggressive predators, famous for eating just about anything they find or are able to capture."

Considering they can grow up to 18 feet long and weigh some 2,000 pounds, they're not a species you want to mess with!

Thankfully, attacks on humans aren't common. While National Geographic reports that tiger sharks attack humans more than any other shark, with the exception of the great white, instances of it are still rare.

The World Animal Foundation notes that you're more likely to die from drowning than a shark attack, and in 2021, Hawaii saw just 6 unprovoked shark-human interactions.

Malorie Thompson

Malorie works as a writer and editor in Northern California. She's passionate about food, conscious living, animal welfare, and conservation. She's worked with a variety of publications in different sectors but is happiest covering topics close to her heart. When not at her laptop, Malorie can be found enjoying picnics on the beach, hiking in the redwoods, and spending time with her rescue pup, Jax.

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