Drone shows kayaker’s close encounter with 13-foot great white shark

The video showed a fin circling a kayaker as captured by his friend’s drone, who was physically too far away to help.
2:40 | 10/22/20

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We are back now with that terrifying close encounter with a 13-foot great white shark. You could see the fin circling a kayaker as his friend captures the moment on his drone, but that friend is too far away to help. Victor Oquendo joins us now with this incredible story. Good morning, Victor. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. This man's friend said he saw that shark coming on the drone but was too far away to warn him. Matthew Smith out fishing for snapper when he got a little more than he bargained for. Holy . Holy . Reporter: This morning, the close encounter with a great white caught on camera. Looked next to me and the shark was just gliding past looking straight at me. Reporter: There wasn't much else Matthew could do besides yell at that monster shark circling his tiny kayak. He was fishing for snapper off new south Wales, Australia, a camera attached to his kayak capturing the tense moments. His friend happened to be flying a drone nearby helplessly watch it play out in realtime this. Was the split decision that may have saved his life. Smith noticing the shark's interest in the anchor attached to the back of the kayak. You can have it. Reporter: He released it into the water and the shark took off. Others in Australia not so lucky. Seven people have died from shark attacks so far this year. Phil mum merit escaping death in western Australia in summer after a 16-foot shark chomped through his surfboard and part of his leg. Yeah, I just grabbed that board with both hands and was just shoving it into its mouth just trying to kind of hold it in there because I figured that if he was biting on that board then he wasn't biting on me. Reporter: While very rare, she's shark encounters are on the rise across the globe including the United States, partly because of an increase in the population of their prey. As it recovers, you know, it's re-establishing its historic range and when you mix that with the recovery of the seal and a lot more people in the water Larry in wet suits swimming around seals, now suddenly we look like their food and we are swimming amongst their food and so occasionally they'll make a mistake. Reporter: Now if you're out kayaking and a shark approaches do your best to stay calm. Don't start paddling frantically but if it were to attack try whacking it across the snout. The chance of this happening are very rare. Impossible for me because I won't be in the ocean. But I can tell you, the whole report, Amy is sitting there like this. Aaagh. Oh, my gosh. He was smart to let go of the

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