Drone Footage Captures Great White Shark Circling Kitesurfer
There aren't many people who have encountered great white sharks while out at sea and have lived to tell the tale, but this kitesurfer in Australia had her close call captured on camera...
Travel blogger Isabelle Fabre unknowingly crossed paths with the notoriously dangerous shark while kitesurfing just off the West Australian coast.
Despite the whole encounter being captured on a drone flying above, Isabelle thought that the shadow right below her board was either just her kite's shadow or another animal, such as a friendly dolphin. It seems like a great white shark circling her was the last thing on her mind.
Recalling the seriously scary moment, Isabelle said: "So, I went to the water while Cyril was shooting with the drone, but quickly I have started to see a big black shadow underwater.
"As usual, I was first thinking that it was my kite shadow, but no... Then I thought it was a dolphin trick."
She continued: "You know, when they spring out just in front of you! But no... It was circling around me. When it passed beneath me, I realised it was a HUGE great white shark! I have immediately turned around, but the wind was really light.
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"I was struggling to get my a** out of the water and I thought, 'I am done.' I heard Cyril shouting, 'Shark! Isabelle, get out!' He saw everything through the drone and he thought I was done, too."
Thankfully, Isabelle was able to get back to the shore safely, and is able to relive the moment with the drone footage, although we are not sure why anyone would want to do it all over again.
A recent study found that the shores off West Australia had twice as many sharks than the east coast, meaning it is dangerous water for anyone to be getting into to go kitesurfing.
Earlier this year, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) discovered that the southern-western population of sharks was more than double than in the east of the country after studying DNA samples.
It's safe to say, we won't be going kite surfing down under anytime soon.
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