Mike Durand of the surfing site swellmagnet.com heard there were some great white shark sightings off Manhattan Beach so he strapped on a GoPro camera and paddled out to investigate. He almost got more than he bargained for, with a juvenile great white swimming directly under his board.
It’s an image that’s terrifying — regardless of the size of the shark in question.
KXAN tracked down Durand and asked why he’d paddle out in shark-ridden waters.
“It’s exciting. I like to live on the edge,” said Durand. “I like to surf good-sized waves and do things that scare me a little bit. It makes me feel alive, so when I saw the shark, I was like, ‘Aww, there it is. That’s the footage I’ve wanted to get. I will pursue this shark a little bit.’ I didn’t know he would pursue me.”
It’s nice to know there are risk-takers out there like Durand to capture footage like this. Living on the edge in my book consists of asking for a turbo shot of espresso at Dunkin’ Donuts.