Shot of the Morning: Shark Gets Way Too Close for Comfort to Cape Cod Kayaker
Sharks are getting more-than-a-little too close for comfort with kayakers on both coasts in the U.S. In this shot of the morning, check out the expression on one kayaker's face as he realizes he's being followed in close proximity by a large fin at Nauset Beach in Cape Cod, Mass.
Officials say there have already been two great white sightings in this area of the Cape this season.
Andy Dehart, the Discovery Channel's shark advisor, weighed in on this scary trend on America’s Newsroom.
He said that sharks are drawn to this particular area because of the abundance of seals. “Seal populations in that area have grown from about 10,000 animals to almost 300,000 animals over the last 40 years since we protected the seals. At the same time, we’ve been decimating the shark populations at a rate of about 73 million per year,” he said.
Dehart added, “We know that great whites are very visual predators and they’re not out to hunt human beings. Human beings are not on their menu, but they will come up and they’ll mouth certain things.”
Plus--tune in to Happening Now today when the man in this photo details his escape from the great white!