Kayaker spots 14ft great white shark swimming right behind him

Ceri Roberts


An American man's first experience in a kayak turned out to be more dramatic than he expected when a great white shark appeared in the water right behind him.

The Daily Mail reports that Walter Szulc Jr was paddling his canoe just off Nauset Beach near Cape Cod, when swimmers spotted a shark's fin in the water.

The area is famous for being the spot where Steven Spielberg shot his hit shark film, Jaws.

At first, Walter failed to notice other swimmers running out of the water - and didn't hear them shouting "shark, shark!" to warn him that a shark was on his tail.

But the moment he looked behind him and saw the shark's fin was captured on camera by a bystander - and he then paddled quickly, and safely, to shore.

He told local television station WHDH: "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. I took a quick glance, it was probably seven to eight feet behind me."

The beach was immediately closed to swimmers.

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