Great white shark closes in on clueless kayakers in nerve-racking video

A great white shark was spotted swimming in incognito mode among a group of kayakers in shallow waters.

Incredible drone footage captured the scene just off La Jolla beach in San Diego, California, where the group got on double kayaks to see leopard sharks in the area.

While they were searching for the spotted animal, a juvenile great white is seen swimming very close to them and yet the thrill-seekers had no idea of the shark's presence.

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Videographer Trystan Snodgrass, who captured the amazing clip, shared it on Instagram to brush off the stigma of sharks "killing people".

He explained: "They are always around. You never see them, but they are here.

"You've probably been within 15ft of a great white at some point during your time in the ocean on the coast of California, and you never would have known.

"They might be curious about you but ultimately they avoid humans. The only times they do take interest is when people are spearfishing or lobster diving or hunting for clams etc.

"The other times they just simply mistake you for their usual prey."

He said that sharks are not a problem, adding: "We enter their territory and that's all. You don't see sharks coming onto land and hunting you down do you?"

A university study in Australia revealed that sharks may be attacking humans by mistake and suggested their bad eyesight makes them believe they see a seal.

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Researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney carried out the test in a shark eye's view and concluded that surfers were the highest-risk group for fatal shark bites.

"We found that surfers, swimmers and pinnipeds (seals and sea-lions) on the surface of the ocean will look the same to a white shark looking up from below, because these sharks can’t see fine details or colours," said Dr Laura Ryan, a post-doctoral researcher in animal sensory systems at Macquarie University’s Neurobiology Lab.


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