Broadcaster David Lomas scared by shark assault off Takapuna seaside
A shark assault has rattled investigative journalist David Lomas.
He was focused 3 times by the creature as he paddled his kayak off the Takapuna shoreline yesterday.
The shark solely stopped bumping and shaking his boat as its jaws tried to get a grip on the plastic when Lomas stabbed it together with his paddle.
“As soon as you realize it is attacking the boat you will have that picture of it popping out of the water and having a go at you.
“I simply gave it a superb stab down with my paddle. It stopped and disappeared beneath my boat, heading backwards.
“I began paddling as quick as a I may with out making an attempt to splash an excessive amount of.”
Lomas believed splashing may appeal to sharks.
The assault lasted greater than two minutes. Lomas was about 50m away from the shore when it occurred.
“Firstly, I had no concept what was occurring,” stated Lomas, the presenter of Misplaced & Discovered.
“The kayak simply began shuddering. It went on for about 10 seconds… My first thought was I would hit a rock. Nevertheless it’s a spot the place I swim rather a lot in summer time and I do know there aren’t any rocks there.
“I finished my paddling and began to elevate my rudder up when the shaking of the boat began once more.
“I did not know what the hell was occurring it was actually fairly freaky it was solely after the third time. Once I seemed down – that is after I noticed the large silvery gray factor shifting there.”
Lomas estimated the shark was as much as 2m in size. He didn’t know what sort of shark it may have been as he did not get a ok glimpse of it.
He stabbed down together with his paddle and struck the shark solidly on the again. It then disappeared.
Lomas stated he didn’t look again however simply began paddling in the direction of the place there was shallow water and rocks.
“I used to be actually bloody scared by then, however I intentionally did not paddle madly as a result of someplace behind my head I recalled that wild splashing attracts sharks.”
As soon as ashore Lomas checked the beneath of his kayak however may discover no chew marks.
He stated he was not shocked there was no harm as a result of the rounded plastic floor of his Barracuda Interface kayak would have been troublesome for the shark to will get it jaws to latch on to.
“I used to be actually very joyful although that I wasn’t within the first kayak I constructed, which was a picket body with canvas,” Lomas stated.
Lomas who has been kayaking within the Hauraki Gulf for greater than 30 years stated he would haven’t any drawback heading out for his common Saturday paddle subsequent weekend.
“It is the primary time I’ve seen a shark whereas paddling so there’s a fairly good likelihood I will not see one other in my lifetime.”