An absolutely terrifying encounter with a tiger shark was caught on camera last Friday off the coast of Oahu. KITV reports Scott Haraguchi was fishing from his kayak over a mile offshore from Kualoa in Windward Oahu when the incident happened. It was only caught on camera because he accidentally left his GoPro on after catching a fish.
Haraguchi instincts kicked in when the tiger shark came in for a chomp and was able to kick it away from his kayak. Most people would probably head to shore after something like this but Haraguchi kept fishing.
He’s not certain why the shark attacked but shortly after the encounter he noticed a wounded seal in the water and thinks the shark may have mistaken his kayak for a meal. It’s not verified but the following day a sighting of a 20 foot shark prompted officials at Marine Corps Base Hawaii to close North Beach and post signs.
Haraguchi is concerned about the recent sightings and he won’t fish by himself anymore.
“I realize that life is short, time is short on Earth, so make the most of it.”
“Noon on May 12, 2023. Windward side of Oahu. 55ft deep, less than 2 miles from shore. Heard a “whooshing” sound, looked up and saw a wide brown thing on the side of the kayak. Thought it was a turtle at first. Happened so fast. Didn’t realize I took my left foot out of the water to brace myself from impact and actually pushed the shark’s head off with it. If you asked me to do that again, even without the shark, I don’t think I’d have that flexiblity. I actually only thought the shark rammed the kayak until I saw the video at home.”