Kayakers' close shave with great white leaves behind two massive teeth as proof
Two US scuba divers have described being paralysed with fear after a great white shark attacked their kayak during a diving trip.
Jon Chambers and Danny McDaniel were paddling in waters on the coast of Catalina Island when they felt a bump under their vessel.
"Saw a giant, triangular, conical-shaped head right there and a huge body. Just a massive body," Mr McDaniel said in an interview with ABC News San Diego.
He recalled feeling a strong push to the left, causing their small boat to jerk sideways.
The estimated six metre shark clamped its jaws on the back of the kayak leaving bite-marks, scratches and two giant teeth as evidence of the attack.
"My primary though on top of everything else was 'don't fall in the water'," Mr McDaniel said.
After a few tense minutes, the shark released its grip and disappeared below the waves.
Out of fear the shark would return, the men kept their paddles out of the water. They eventually made it back to shore unscathed.
Despite the scare, Mr McDaniel said he and Mr Chambers felt lucky to have been unharmed.
"We literally encountered the largest fish I've ever seen in 20 years of scuba diving and we came away unscathed," said McDaniel.
"It's one for the books, it's not something you want to replicate," he said.