Kayaker falls into water near great white shark

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.

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