Photo Of The Day: Too Close For Comfort Edition

When you decide to spend your day on vacation kayaking, the last thing you want to see is a Great White Shark behind you:

That’s Walter Szulc Jr., on his very first kayaking adventure, at Nauset Beach in Orleans, Mass. in Cape Cod.

And, just to be clear, Mr. Szulc made it out of this chase safe and sound.

Photo via Associated Press

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  1. Chad S says:

    When I did my open water dive cert, the divemaster told us that there’s always a line of sharks half mile or so off both coasts. Not Nurses or Hammerheads also: blacktips, tigers and Great whites.

  2. Apparently the Great Whites are prevalent around Cape Cod these days. One reason appears to be the fact that the local seal population has rebounded and is now quite populous. So, you know, food.

  3. Chad S says:

    @Doug Mataconis: Great Whites generally only come that close when their food supply is disrupted out in the open ocean. I’m guessing the squid/tuna populations are way down.

  4. al-Ameda says:

    That looks like the much of the Bay Area commute on 880 during the school year.

  5. Vast Variety says:

    I didn’t know they were making another Jaws sequel.

  6. He’s gonna need a bigger boat!

  7. DRS says:

    I would have thought the guy kneeling on the board at the front of the photo would have been more vulnerable.

  8. Here’s a story from a guy who actually had a Great White Shark bite down and “taste” his kayak, while he was alone, and on a Catalina crossing: Duane Strosaker’s Shark Page