Craig Whally: Mad Sunday 2007 Surfing Basking Shark!

Whilst kayaking around Fleshwick bay I spotted two shark fins about one mile out. I was surfing the small waves and heading towards the sharks at a speed of about 5 to 6 knots when I heard what I thought was a breaking wave behind me. The sound of the wave lasted longer than usual so I looked around to see what was going on, what I saw was a shark surfing on the same wave as myself, nearly resting its nose on the stern of my kayak. I kept paddling and the shark kept following! When I eventually slowed down he stayed with me for a minute or two allowing me to take some under water video footage. He then came along side the kayak before diving down – that was the last I saw of him. There will be a video clip of this put on the photo section soon. Unfortunately the actual moment was too critical to be caught on video but the video is of the same shark!  Craig Whalley