Do Sharks Attack Kayaks?
Shark attack on Kayak can be a very terrifying experience even for the most experienced kayakers. A couple of well-publicized shark encounters in some of our favorite shores have given kayakers a lot of concern about their safety. This question has become a topic of discussion among beginners and experienced kayakers. The truth is that shark attacks on kayaks do happen, although they are rare. They have been reported from several locations around the world, and most of these encounters have been reported from South Australia and California.
According to the report, Great white sharks are often the most identified offending species, although bull, tiger, and mako sharks are involved in some cases. This may be due to the fact that great white sharks are on the increase, and so are kayakers. According to statistics from a six-year period analyzed by the University of Florida International Shark Attack Archive, beach attendance and shark attacks increased almost in parallel. So it makes sense why this is a topic of great concern for both beginners and experienced kayakers.
This doesn’t mean we should put the kayak away, but to take precautions and stay shark-safe while kayaking on the water. Avoid blood in the water and slicks from fishing kayaks. Avoid cloudy river mouths and suspicious waters at dusk and dawn. If a shark has attack or feeding around you, calmly but quickly paddle away to about 1,200 feet from where the shark is feeding. And if you see a dead mammal, such as sea lions or seal in the water, leave the area instantly. A shark will defend its food if it sees you as a threat. Keeping calm and taking things easy is the best reaction in an emergency situation. This will allow you to think clearly and react in the best possible way. Remember Panic is not good, it worsens the situation.