Shark caught on camera as surfer swims desperately to shore
A Melbourne surfer had a close encounter with a shark, which he filmed with an action camera.
Roger Essig was surfing at Gunnamatta Beach on the Mornington Peninsula when he looked down and saw a 1.8 meter tall septgill shark right next to him.
“All of a sudden it’s not like I saw it approaching, the shark was just there like magic, almost like a magic trick,” Mr. Essig said.
“The first thought was, ‘He obviously targeted me and snuck up on me. This shark clearly knows what it is doing. It is a predator with millions and millions of years of evolution “.
“It was the first half second of thinking, and then it was just panic from there.”
Mr Essig has said he is urgently concerned with regaining the safety of the beach.
“You can hear in the video that I’m dropping f-bombs like crazy.”
Far from shore
Unfortunately for Mr. Essig, it was not a fast paddle to get out of the water.
“The waves at Gunnumatta, they get big at the back, so I went very far behind while waiting for the set,” he said.
“It was just me and my mate Andre out, but it was about three minutes closer to shore paddling time.”
It took Mr. Essig three minutes to reach his friend and about 10 minutes to get ashore.
“It takes a long time to realize that you are in the water with a shark.”
Surf like “a pelican”
Mr. Essig says mat surfing is similar to surfing on an inflatable mattress.
“[It’s] a performance lilo made with modern materials – in many ways [it’s] the fastest surfing on the waves, ”he said.
“I compare it to a pelican. There is hardly any surface touching the wave and you are flying just like a pelican descending to the water, its belly barely brushing the surface.
Mr Essig said he was able to caption the entire encounter using his action camera.
“I had a 360 degree camera on a big stand above my surf helmet,” he said.
“Sounds ridiculous. This was my second time going with this setup.”
As to whether the face-to-face meeting dissuaded Mr. Essig from surfing the mat, he said, “No fucking fish will stop me.”