Has a shark ever killed or injured someone in a small vessel like a kayak for example?

I am just curious. I know some people have been injured while fishing and the fish jumps into the boat but its very rare. Some of the fish i’ve seen on the discovery channel are big enough they could turn a kayak over if they had the motivation.
Heres a good video to illustrate why I would ask this

2 thoughts on “Has a shark ever killed or injured someone in a small vessel like a kayak for example?

  1. ricsudukai Post author

    Yes.

    A man had almost completed an un-assisted kayak crossing from Australia to New Zealand, and was getting very panicky about a large shark hassling him in the later stages – his last messages to his wife an child were pretty harrowing. Just a day or two from the completion of the trip he disappeared. The kayak was found and the consensus is he was taken by a shark.

    Mako sharks are quite capable of leaping out of water to attack people on the deck of yachts, this too might be rare, but certainly observed and known. Fishermen have had Mako’s jump into their boats and frighten the life out of them.

    And yes – if sharks actively sought us out as food no small boat would be safe at all – the reality is that sharks don’t target us and our bones give them problems. The main reason a shark will have a go is great hunger, and/or you are showing all the symptoms of prey like bleeding, splashing about on the surface like a wounded seal etc..

    Just as well that sharks do not seek us out as a primary food source!

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