Nauset Beach in Massachusetts was evacuated Saturday afternoon when a 12 to 14-foot shark was spotted only 100 feet out. A great white’s dorsal fin cut through the top of the water as it cruised the shoreline. Beach goers tell the story:
“All of a sudden, we saw this person in a kayak, and we saw a fin 10 feet from it,” said Lizzy Jenkins.
Everyone else in the water immediately ran onto the beach.
“We started swimming and people on the shore started waving us in,” said Christina Proulx.
They all watched as a kayaker was seemingly stalked by the shark. Everyone was screaming at Walter Szulc, Jr. who was kayaking for the first time. He didn’t see the people run from the water. He didn’t hear them yelling, either. At first.
He had no idea what was lurking a few feet behind him. “So I looked behind me and that’s when I saw the shark, it was pretty much right there, I got a glimpse of it. It was a good size and it had a fin sticking out, so I just turned and paddled,” said Szulc.
Szulc paddled in safely-he never turned around long enough to see it’s face.
He didn’t need to, it was already too close for comfort.
The beach was closed to swimmers immediately, but a few people braved the waters anyway, even without lifeguards. Perhaps if the shark had actually eaten the kayaker, they would have heeded warnings and stayed out of the its new feeding grounds.