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Terrifying Shark Encounter Caught On Camera

Mat surfer enters a state of panic far from shore.

elsewhere // Jun 23, 2021
Words by Jack Mutschler
Reading Time: < 1 minute

Roger Essig was indulging in a pleasant mat surf at Gunnamatta Beach in Melbourne when he noticed a 1.8-meter shark swimming beside him.

“All of a sudden, it’s not like I saw it approach, the shark was just magically there, almost like a magic trick,” Essig told ABC.

“The first thought was, ‘It’s obviously targeted me, and it’s snuck up on me. This shark clearly knows what it’s doing. It’s a predator with millions and millions of years of evolution’.
“That was the first half-a-second of thought; then it was just panic from there.”

Essig kicked like hell to get back to shore, but with no waves to give him a push, it took him almost 10 minutes to get to the beach. “It’s a long time to be realizing you are out in the water with a shark,” he noted.

The horrifying event was all documented on Roger’s 360-degree action camera.

Watch the video here.

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