22 April, 2018 22 April, 2018

Man Encounters White Shark in Plett

This afternoon a man was surprised from below whilst out for a paddle ski in Plettenberg Bay. The 33-year-old man was gooi’d clean out his ski when a juvenile white shark fancied a closer look. Judging by the bite mark, scientists put the shark at a respectable 2.5 m. 

Robbie Gibson‚ deputy station commander of the National Sea Rescue Institute‚ said it appeared that the shark had breached after making contact with the ski. Nat geo flashbacks? In Plettenberg Bay, this would be viewed as unusual behaviour in white sharks as they tend to only breach out at Seal Island and Mossel Bay 

Once the man landed in the water he didn’t need more convincing and quickly headed ashore and miraculously emerged from the ordeal without a scratch, although most likely a little shook up. 

“NSRI recovered his paddle-ski from the water and the man was transported to Wreck Beach‚ where his car was parked‚ aboard our sea rescue craft and he required no medical attention and no further assistance was required‚” Gibson said.

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