- – You could practically hear the theme from Jaws playing, and a kayaker almost wound up as shark kibble in a real life drama that played out off of Nauset Beach near Cape Cod, Massachusetts recently.
One wonders what thoughts ran through the head of first-time kayaker Walter Szulc about 100-150 yards out in the water when he turned to see a shark’s fin closing on him about ten feet away. A surfer was first to point out the shark, and hundreds of helpful people on the beach were yelling, “Paddle, paddle, paddle!“ Ironically, Szulc had teased his young daughter a short time before about being afraid to go into the water due to fear of sharks, assuring her that the risk of such was very low.–Well, paddle was what he did, “like no tomorrow,” and Szulc’s escape from the 12-to 14-foot long great white shark was successful.
This was the third great white sighting in Cape Cod in the past couple of weeks. Experts feel that sharks are being drawn to the area because of a spike in the gray seal population, which has grown from 10,000 to more than 300,000 due to protections being put in place.