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July 10, 2012

Great White Shark Follows Kayakers Off Cape Cod

By Chad Love

There's a bumper sticker you may have seen that reads "Paddle faster, I hear banjo music." Someone is going to have to come up with a new one for this guy. 

From this story on msn.com:
A first-time kayaker had a close encounter with a great white shark off the coast of Massachusetts over the weekend. Sunbathers first spotted the shark following two kayakers on Saturday afternoon off Nauset Beach, the Cape Cod Times reported, and yelled to the men offshore. One of the kayakers saw the shark and quickly paddled in, while it took the other one, Walter Szulc Jr., of Manchester, N.H., a little while longer to notice the dorsal fin just feet away from him.

“There were hundreds of people on the beach, and they were all at the edge, yelling paddle paddle, paddle!” Dave Alexander told the NBC News affiliate in Boston, WHDH.com. Szulc said when he looked behind him, the shark "was pretty much right there.""It was good-sized, it had a fin sticking out, so I just turned and paddled," he told WHDH.com. It was the first time Szulc had kayaked

Man, a first (and probably last) time kayaker. I'd give a penny for this dude's thoughts, guessing it was something along the lines of: "What's everybody waving and pointing and screaming for? Wait a second... Uh, oh. Don't look back, just don't look back, whatever you do just paddle and don't look back... aw, @#*$, shouldn't have looked back."

How would you react to the same situation?

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from Moose1980 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Scream like a little girl and paddle so hard I'd kick up a wake a oil tanker would be proud of!

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from Horseapples wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

What Moose said!

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from Jeff Rittmiller wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Holy s*** keep paddling and don't look back or your lunch

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

"You're gonna need a bigger boat...."
I know that line is pretty over-used, but it seems so fitting here!

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from Sayfu wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Called "getting even"

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from coachsjike wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

anyboy still wanna buy a kayak because of today's fuel prices? yeah no thanks i will stick with my boat!!! lol!

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from coachsjike wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

anybody not anyboy! ha ha ha still laughing

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I would set a land speed record for kayaking I can tell you that! i would be on shore before my wake had time to stop forming. Reminds me of something Mohamad Ali said in a pre fight media day "Im so fast when i hit the light switch im in bed before the room gets dark" It would be like that. I would also require a change of shorts because mine would be soiled! I'm not scared of much but i am scared of sharks!... I would rather go toe to toe with a grizzly bear than face a hungry shark in the water! Both scenarios would most likely end with me being a meal but at least i could attempt to put up a fight on land. In the water, I'm a sitting duck!

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from FSU70 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Try not to look like a seal !!

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Queue cello music.

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from Hobob wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Good news: That shark is not angry or hungry
Bad news: That shark is in love!

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from themadflyfisher wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Anyone know? In a situation like that wouldn't incresed paddling cause a predatory reaction in the shark? I would think not moving at all would be the way to go and let it pass.

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from Katana1943 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I don't think it would be a problem, because there would be a thick cloud of diarrhea in the water, and if that old shark could find his way through that, then he will have earned me.

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from Moose1980 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Scream like a little girl and paddle so hard I'd kick up a wake a oil tanker would be proud of!

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from Katana1943 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I don't think it would be a problem, because there would be a thick cloud of diarrhea in the water, and if that old shark could find his way through that, then he will have earned me.

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from Horseapples wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

What Moose said!

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from Jeff Rittmiller wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Holy s*** keep paddling and don't look back or your lunch

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

"You're gonna need a bigger boat...."
I know that line is pretty over-used, but it seems so fitting here!

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from Sayfu wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Called "getting even"

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from coachsjike wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

anyboy still wanna buy a kayak because of today's fuel prices? yeah no thanks i will stick with my boat!!! lol!

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from coachsjike wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

anybody not anyboy! ha ha ha still laughing

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I would set a land speed record for kayaking I can tell you that! i would be on shore before my wake had time to stop forming. Reminds me of something Mohamad Ali said in a pre fight media day "Im so fast when i hit the light switch im in bed before the room gets dark" It would be like that. I would also require a change of shorts because mine would be soiled! I'm not scared of much but i am scared of sharks!... I would rather go toe to toe with a grizzly bear than face a hungry shark in the water! Both scenarios would most likely end with me being a meal but at least i could attempt to put up a fight on land. In the water, I'm a sitting duck!

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from FSU70 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Try not to look like a seal !!

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Queue cello music.

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from Hobob wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Good news: That shark is not angry or hungry
Bad news: That shark is in love!

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from themadflyfisher wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Anyone know? In a situation like that wouldn't incresed paddling cause a predatory reaction in the shark? I would think not moving at all would be the way to go and let it pass.

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