Great white shark encounter caught on camera after man falls off paddle board

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In a video uploaded to YouTube channel Awesome Ocean, a man on a routine paddle boarding venture took a casual tumble. However, as the man scrambles to get back onto his board, which is fitted with a camera, he dips his head beneath the surface to spot a monster of the ocean.

A great white shark can be seen lurking near the swimmer, and as the board flips over the great white can be seen.

Screaming can be heard from the man, as he is understandably terrified.

Thankfully, he made a lucky escape as he managed to get back on his board.

Awesome Ocean said: “A paddle boarder is enjoying a nice relaxing day paddle boarding on the ocean when he slips off.

“When he slips off he gets the startle of his life when he comes face to face with an adult great white shark.”

Great whites are considered the apex predator of the ocean.

They can reach sizes of more than six metres, and have more than 300 serrated teeth in their mouths.

The giants of the deep can travel at speeds of more than 50 kilometres per hour and sense minute movement from prey from 250 metres away.

Despite numerous headlines of shark attacks on humans, humans are not their favourite food.

In fact, most shark attacks on humans are accidental, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Humans are not part of a shark’s natural diet, and most encounters come down to a matter of curiosity on the ocean beast’s behalf.

The NOAA said: “Sharks have been known to attack humans when they are confused or curious.

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“If a shark sees a human splashing in the water, it may try to investigate, leading to an accidental attack.

“Still, sharks have more to fear from humans than we do of them.

“Humans hunt sharks for their meat, internal organs, skin, and fins in order to make products such as shark fin soup, lubricants, and leather.”

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