Kayaker Brian Correiar had a terrifying brush with a great white shark recently when the shark slammed into his kayak and sent him flying into the water in Monterey Bay. This all happened on Saturday, March 18 at 4:30 in the afternoon, and video of the incident is just now surfacing from a bystander at San Carlos Beach. In a blog post on diver.net Correiar describes the situation:
Suddenly, I heard a loud Bang as my kayak and I flew into the air. I landed outside my boat, look back to it and to my horror saw a large great white shark no more than three feet away had my kayak in its mouth. I could clearly see it's 2-inch teeth and it's black eye that looked lifeless.
I scrambled away from my boat as fast as I could and started kicking towards shore - really wishing that I was wearing fins! In between yelling "No God No" I was shocked at how many thoughts about how to survive ran through my head - don't splash, don't let your legs hang down, keep your eyes on the shark and swim away, don't act like a panicked seal. After Five minutes, maybe five years - it was hard to tell, I pulled out my Nautilus Lifeline and called in a mayday to the coast guard. They were having trouble hearing me. I spotted a sail boat and started frantically waving to them with my right arm as I operated the radio with my left hand.
And it gets worse:
I saw it spin with the boat at least three times. It started pushing the boat towards me and then left the boat and headed for me. Suddenly it dove. I put my face in the water to see if it was under me, but I couldn’t see anything.
Correiar was soon rescued by the Coast Guard, and they found his kayak covered in bite marks.