TERRIFYING: 'That's a huge white... He's chasing me'

LANGUAGE WARNING FOR VIDEO

WE all know there are sharks in the ocean and the more time you spend in the water, the more likely you are to come across one but a local kayaker had no idea of the close encounter he was about to have with an apex predator off the coast of Urunga.

On Saturday morning, Ken Gerke and Dave Barwise headed offshore in their kayaks from Urunga in the hope of catching fish.

The memories they brought home were not of their catches, but of the encounter they had with a great white shark which was captured on video and estimated to be up to five metres long.

"Had an awesome encounter with a very large great white shark in the kayak," Ken Gerke wrote.

 

Ken Gerke and Dave Barwise had a close encounter with a large great white shark.
Ken Gerke and Dave Barwise had a close encounter with a large great white shark. Ken Gerke

"The footage kicks in after it had circled me once already and I decided to move away. Unfortunately she decided to give chase, she was very curious.

"Such an awesome experience, I've caught small sharks in the past, had juvenile bull sharks cruise past the yak in local estuaries but nothing like this beast.

"Please excuse the language, panicked breathing and shaky footage but I'm sure considering what happened, you can understand my excitement and fear.

"These type of apex predators are to be admired and respected, its their backyard and I'm only visiting."

 

Ken Gerke and Dave Barwise had a close encounter with a large great white shark.
Ken Gerke and Dave Barwise had a close encounter with a large great white shark. Ken Gerke

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