A Hawaiian-based extreme kayak fisherman had a close encounter of the toothy kind when a three-metre-long tiger shark came thrashing out of the water after the fish on the end of his line.
Oahu-based kayak angler Isaac Brumaghim was fishing a few kilometres from the shore on Saturday, near Waianae in his four-metre kayak when he began to reel in a kawakawa tuna.
A shark he had since dubbed "my pet shark Chompy" then leaped into the air and tried to snatch the fish from the line.
Brumaghim continued trying to reel the fish in, but the shark bumped the kayak and ate the kawakawa under the boat.
Incredibly, the encounter was caught on a video camera Brumaghim had on his kayak.
"Holy sh*t. Oh my God. Whoo," Brumaghim exclaimed on the video, posted on his Aqua Hunters YouTube channel.
He then posted photos of his encounter to Facebook with the caption: "Here are some photo grabs of a fun day I had with my pet shark Chompy! I am still trying to teach him how to catch kawakawas in the air."
Brumaghim said the shark had been "taxing" his crew all day, but it was nothing unusual.
"It's the ocean. Sharks live in the ocean. You're in his domain. You get a fish, a shark might eat it. I'm not mad at it," Brumaghim said.
Brumaghim was participating in an eight-month long tournament when he had his close encounter with Chompy - and then stayed out on the water, and caught two more fish.
"He had his fish I was hoping he was fine. I did get a couple fish after that so it was okay," Brumaghim said.
He seemed unperturbed by the encounter, and was out fishing again on Tuesday.
"It definitely was an adrenaline rush for me out there," he said.
"Life and death right in front of you. It put some things into perspective."
Aqua Hunters "aims to promote, expand and advance the great sport of kayak fishing in Hawaii and the world".
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