May 10 (UPI) — A helicopter tour company captured video of the scary moment a kayaker fell into the water with a great white shark off the California coast.
A video posted to YouTube by Specialized Helicopter Tours shows Giancarlo Thomae falling into the water off the Santa Cruz coast while trying to retrieve his glasses.
The video shows a great white shark investigating Thomae by swimming around him in a wide circle.
Thomae is able to safely make it back to his kayak without any direct confrontation with the predator.
“My glasses fell over and I think I leaned a little too far over and fell in,” Thomae told KTVU-TV.
Thomae, a marine biologist, said he didn’t know there was a shark nearby, but he was aware that they were present in the area.
“I saw 15 great whites the day before right in this area from the helicopter — maybe I should calmly and collectively get back on my boat,” Thomae said.