A kayaker is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a 12 foot great white shark in the ocean off Victoria’s south-west coast.
Rhys Gadsden was out for a morning paddle off Portland on Friday when he says a great white shark appeared from the deep and wrapped its jaws around his sea kayak, leaving giant puncture marks. The 27-year-old was flipped off the kayak and spent a terrifying 15 minutes in the water by his kayak desperately hoping he would not be eaten alive. ‘‘I grabbed my oars, hit it in the head probably five to six times and it released it,’’ the Portland man told the Nine Network. ‘‘As soon as it released its bite it turned and headbutted me and knocked me over and put me in the water with it. It was freaky being in the water, yeah, I didn’t know where it went, I didn’t know if it was going to come back. I didn’t know what to do really, I didn’t want to splash around and make it come back.’’ Finally a nearby boat came to his rescue.‘‘It took me a while to calm down, I was shaking for hours after,’’ he said. ‘‘It was big, dark eyes, scary, evil, I never want to do that again.’’
Less than 24 hours after coming face to face with the great white, Mr Gadsden was brave enough to paddle out for a few feet into the water on Saturday for TV cameras. His friends have also nicknamed him ‘‘shark-bait’’. Local surf life savers have conducted patrols of the harbour since the attack but have not spotted the shark