Scott Haraguchi, a man who was kayaking and fishing off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, got the shock of his life when he was attacked by a sandbar shark.
On May 12th, while paddling his kayak about a mile off of Kualoa Beach, Haraguchi suddenly found himself face to face with the shark. The entire incident was caught on camera and shared widely on social media.
The shark leaping out of the water and slamming into Haraguchi’s kayak. The impact caused the kayak to break apart, but Haraguchi managed to escape unharmed.
Haraguchi said he initially thought the shark was going after a sea turtle, but soon realized that it was coming for him. “I screamed,” he said. “I didn’t know what was happening.”
The shark circled around the broken kayak a few times before swimming away, apparently realizing that it had mistaken the kayak for food. Haraguchi was able to make it safely back to shore and reported the incident to authorities.
While the incident was certainly frightening, it serves as a reminder of the importance of respecting the natural habitat of sharks and other sea creatures. Despite their fearsome reputation, shark attacks are actually quite rare, and most species of shark pose no threat to humans.