Thursday, September 4, 2014

Two Kayakers Survive Great White Attack

You know that fear you have when you are in the ocean.  The one where you expect for a small amount of time, that some point in your fun swimming activities, you will be brutally eaten by a shark.  That irrational fear that is drummed up by every Jaws movie you have ever seen.  Well, it is totally not irrational at all and you should be scared as hell.

Yep, coming for you right now.


This is what Ida Parker and Kristin Orr found out when they were kayaking and taking pictures of seals off Plymouth, Mass., last night. Suddenly, as these things often happen, a shark bit one of their boats, sending them both tumbling into the water. Both women escaped without injuries.


To add to the horror, judging by the radius of the bite mark and tooth fragments left on the kayak, officials believe the shark to be a great white, the Boston Globe reports.  

Parker described the living nightmare to local news outlet WCVB:

"I looked back at her and it came directly out of the water, underneath the boat, launched her backwards and flipped me over," Parker said. 
... 
"It was dark gray, pointy nose, big teeth, big eyes," Parker said. "It was like, right next to me. It was petrifying."

Orr and Parker were luckily not in the plot of a new Jaws film, although the location and style of attack seems otherwise.  This was because they were both able to swim away unscathed.

Earlier in the day, another beachgoer reported seeing a shark eat a seal. Authorities began aJaws-style search for the beast this morning, and are advising people to avoid swimming and boating in the waters off Plymouth, the Globe reports.

Parker and Orr told WCVB they have reservations about kayaking after the attack:


"I don't think I'll ever kayak again," Orr said." 
"I might," Parker joked. "Probably not anytime soon."

Somebody get on the phone to Roy Scheider, quick.  Oh...he's dead...well then god help us all.


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