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Drone captures fisherman's close encounter with a great white shark - video

Drone captures fisherman’s close encounter with a great white shark – video

2020 is apparently the worst year for shark attacks in Australia. More Australians have been killed in unprovoked attacks than in any year since 1934. No wonder that the Australian fisherman in a kayak freaked out when he saw this great white shark. A friend’s drone captures the close encounter as it happened in a video.

Drone captures fisherman’s close encounter with a great white shark

Australian fisherman Matthew Smith had the scare of his life when a 12-foot great white shark swims close by his small kayak, according to 2 Oceans Vibe.

Not since 1934 has Australia seen this many unprovoked shark attacks. One theory says that La Niña that is associated with colder sea surface temperatures in the Central Pacific could be the cause of the increase in fatal shark attacks.

Pro surfer Matt Wilkinson had a close-up and personal encounter just off the coast of Ballina in New South Wales earlier this month. If it wasn’t for the drone footage, he would’ve had no idea that a shark was eying him for lunch.

That was not the case with Smith, who is very well aware that a great white shark was closing in on him as he was fishing for snapper about a mile offshore from Black Head Beach north of Tuncurry.

“I did think that I was probably going to die,” Mr Smith said.

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