Australian Fisherman Films Himself Being 'Chased' By Huge Great White Shark

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, footage has emerged of a giant great white shark stalking a kayaker in New South Wales, Australia.

The five metre long beast was spotted by kayak fisherman David Barwise who, understandably, was scared out of his wits.

The video shows a dark mass in the water lurking in the deep behind the kayak before the water is broken by the unmistakable and archetypally terrifying fin of the shark.

Oh lord. You would just try to get out of there as quick as possible.

Barwise was obviously horrified as well. His camera shakes as he tells his mate that the shark is 'chasing' him. Bloody hell.

He said: "That's a huge white shark, I'm fucking shaking, I can hear him thumping away behind me,"

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Being a smart dude, he tried to break the water with his paddle to get the shark to go away, but it doesn't seem to work. It turns out that a gigantic underwater killing machine isn't necessarily that bothered by a flimsy kayak paddle.

Despite being obviously in fear for his life - well, you would be, wouldn't you? - when Barwise and his pal spoke to 9 News about their ordeal afterwards they seemed pretty cool about the whole thing.

"I'm pretty sure he wasn't out to hurt us, he's just very curious and friendly. I think like a very big puppy dog in a way and he was coming over to check us out."

Oh, that's fine then. There's nothing like being chased around the ocean in a tiny plastic boat by a huge 'puppy' that weighs several tonnes and has hundreds of razor sharp teeth.

Despite their close encounter with Jaws, the men have not been put off entering the ocean again for their fishing excursions. In fact, it's given them a greater sense of respect for the seas and its inhabitants.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He continued: "We very much appreciate and respect these animals and we definitely not out there to hurt them in any way."

As it happens, Barwise went on to say that he expected that him and his friend would most likely take the kayaks out again the following weekend and do the same thing.

Let's just hope that the huge great white shark doesn't see a pattern emerging and come back with its mind on having a bite to eat.

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They're going to need a bigger boat.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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