NH Man ‘Paddled Very Fast’ After Spotting Nearby Great White Shark While Kayaking on Cape Cod
New Hampshire resident Walter Szulc Jr. laughed it off when his teenage daughter told him they should watch out for sharks when the family went to a Cape Cod beach over the weekend.
He wasn’t laughing a few minutes later, when, in his kayak in the ocean not far from shore, he looked behind him and saw the fin of a great white shark within arm’s reach.
Szulc, 41, said he immediately “paddled very fast” and was grateful when he reached the shore in the eastern Massachusetts vacation spot.
‘I saw the fin out of the water … I looked down and saw the body and realized that part of the shark was underneath me, and I just proceeded to paddle,’ Szulc said Monday, adding it all happened very fast and his response ‘was just instinct — paddle and head out of there.’
A photo someone else on the water took of Szulc in his kayak, with the shark’s fin clearly visible behind him, has been widely distributed over the Internet.