A Durbanite went for a relaxing canoe paddle at the beach but got much more than he bargained for when something big hit him from the side.
Bryon Machado took to the water on Sunday morning with a friend.
The pair went fishing with live bait at Tinley Manor beach.
Machado recalled that as he was paddling, a shark hit the canoe from the left-hand side.
The shark evidently tried biting the canoe and Machado was flung into the air.
The 41-year-old said, "It knocked my boat into the air and somehow I landed back in the seat. It bit down and was thrashing and shaking around. It felt like hours but it was probably about 10 seconds.”
It took a while for the shark to realize that the vessel wasn’t edible but it eventually relented and swam away.
Based on the size of the bite marks, KZN Sharks Board personnel deemed the creature a great white shark, approximately 3 metres in length.
Times live reported that Mike Anderson-Reade, a Sharks Board official, confirmed that great whites are the only species of shark known to be very inquisitive.
According to him, the shark’s target was the canoe only and not Machado.
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