WARNING: Video contains adult language. NSFW.
“Shark Bites Kayak; Kayaker Bites Back” was the headline of a story on NBCSanDiego.com on Monday, with the subtitle “A local angler hooked a mako shark, which tried to eat his kayak.”
The story outlines a catch made by an SDFish.com forum member on Thursday morning. Known as “Daiwadude” on our forums, David Le hooked into a roughly 5 foot long mako shark while fishing aboard his kayak off La Jolla.
When the shark got within gaff range, Austin Lorber, aboard his own kayak alongside Le, stuck the mako with the gaff just as it broke the surface and mouthed Le’s Hobie kayak.
While local news outlets like NBCSanDiego.com are trying to sensationalize the “attack,” Le made no mention of that part of the catch in his post on our forums on Friday reporting the catch, simply stating “First mako caught off the yak!! It was a team effort.”
Mako sharks are prevalent off the San Diego coastline, and are important parts of the ecosystem. Despite their close proximity to the coast, and the millions of beach goers who frolic in the San Diego surf each year, they pose no threat.
While many local anglers encourage catch and release with all local shark species (because of their importance to the overall local fishery), Le was adamant that this fish will be put to good use, “it will feed many people, I don’t waste fish” he said on the forums.
With this video serving as proof, you would be wise to keep your legs in the kayak when fighting a mako, or shark of any kind. But this shark certainly wasn’t trying to eat him or his kayak. Even if the media would love to stir up those emotions on the heels of Shark Week.