A kayaker in Florida had a close encounter with a shark on September 3.
Drew Trousdell captured GoPro footage of a shark following him and biting his paddle twice. He can be seen in the video examining his paddle after the first encounter with the shark before it strikes again.
Trousdell, an advanced kayaking instructor and Virginia resident, was visiting his father during the time the shark encounter occurred. The kayak instructor told News4Jax that he didn’t realize the severity of the situation until he was safe on the beach. He has paddled in the area at least 50 times and never had a similar encounter. He believes it was a 5-foot blacktip shark.