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Kayaker's Close-Up Encounter with Great White Shark Is Going Viral

While sharks are often stereotyped as ceaseless people-hunting machines, the truth is that the actual risk of being bitten by one is extremely low. On average, there are less than 75 reported shark attacks worldwide each year. However, sharks can sometimes mistake surfboards and kayaks for seals or large fish, putting their occupants at higher risk.

When TikTok user @lucas.descasper and his friend Danny went kayaking in Northern California, they had no idea what was about join them. Lucas suddenly felt something ram his kayak, and when he looked into the water... 

YIKES! We can't imagine anything scarier than coming face-to-face with a great white shark in the middle of the water! This could have gone really bad, too- sharks often do a "bump-and-bite" attack to investigate their prey before going all in. Thankfully, Lucas seems to have lived to tell the tale, so the first big bump may have been enough to tell the shark that his kayak wasn't worth biting into. Still, this was a very close call.

Danny's advice ended up serving Lucas well, as his video went viral. Uploaded only two days before the writing of this article, it already has almost 7 million views. Viewers were particularly amused by his buddy's "advice"!

"Last words.. “Film It”," laughed @fcknewb. "Good lookin out Dan," @chef_jeffe sarcastically applauded. "NGL. Me and Danny are fighting when we get on land," joked @tailpipe08.

However, some were of the mind that Danny's advice saved the day. Why? "Cameraman always survives. Not bad advice Danny," said @itsmurphmusic. LOL, well when you put it that way... "I’d trust Danny with my life honestly," declared @mc_smooth12.

As terrifying as this encounter was, Lucas doesn't want to encourage violence towards sharks. "Sharks are not your enemy, you are in their home," he adds in the video's description. We agree with him.. but what do you do if you're in this situation? 

The best thing to do if a shark is getting curious is to slowly and steadily paddle out of its zone. If it continues to bite at your kayak, though, use your paddle to smack its snout, gills, or eyes- doing so can anger it, though, so only use as a last resort. The good news, however, is that these encounters are extremely rare- these guys just got lucky with their camera. Don't let a rare instance like this keep you from enjoying kayaking!

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