Shark attacks fisherman on kayak off Hawaii coast

Shark attacks fisherman on kayak off Hawaii coast

This is the heart-stopping moment a fisherman is attacked by a tiger shark while out at sea in his kayak.

Footage shows the shark charging at Scott Haraguchi’s kayak off the coast of Windward Oahu in Hawaii.

But quick-thinking Mr Haraguchi manages to scare away the shark using his foot.

“(I) 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,” he said.

“If you asked me to do that again, even without the shark, I don’t think I’d have that flexibility.”

He continued: “A wounded, disabled seal was seen a half hour after the shark attacked me.

“I believe the shark may have wounded the seal, and was waiting for it to die, and came back and mistook me for the seal.”

According to figures from Hawaii’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), there have been four shark attacks off the coast of the island in 2023 so far.

In April, a 58-year-old man was attacked and suffered serious injuries while surfing off the coast near the island’s capital, Honolulu.

There were also two attacks on the same day in March involving swimmers in Anaehoomalu and Papohaku Beach.

In February, a person on an inflatable stand-up paddleboard near Kihei saw part of the board bitten off by a shark.

There were eight attacks in 2022, according to DAR.