Surfer, 14, evades jaws of death as Great White shark soars through air to attack him

While surfing in the Bay Of Plenty of NZ, a gigantic white shark launched itself through the air at a teen, but somehow he narrowly evaded his death.


                            Surfer, 14, evades jaws of death as Great White shark soars through air to attack him
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A teen was narrowly escaped his death from a white shark while surfing in the Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand. Vaughan Wilson, 52, was surfing with his friend and his friend's 14-year-old kid when a gigantic 12ft white shark launched itself through the air at the teen, but somehow the teen narrowly evaded his death. He said, "we surf two or three times a week. We’ve surfed together in this spot a thousand times and never worried about great whites before." According to Wilson, the creature was 'out for a kill' and began pursuing the youngster as he surfed a wave.

According to Stuff, a local news site, Wilson said, "it was ferocious, jaws wide open, definitely in hunting mode. It was a 3.5m monster, out for a kill. It launched itself out of the water until its whole body was fully airborne, about half a meter above the ocean like it was flying.” He went on to say, “I screamed ‘shark, shark’, at the top of my lungs but the waves were so high and there was so much white water around, no one could hear me even though I’m known for being pretty bloody loud. It was both frightening and stunning - flying through the air bathed in sunlight. I knew it was a great white straight away from its white belly and the huge size and shape of its pectoral fins and tail. I know sharks well."

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He was left to watch helplessly as the 14-year-old came within inches of death. He stated, “it was like it was stalking its prey, following him. It sped ahead of him and did a u-turn in the hole - the deeper part of the channel which makes for good waves - and it was then it exploded out of the hole to try to nail the boy. But it had miscalculated because just before the boy came off his board he had done a sharp turn. That decision to turn saved his life because it meant the shark’s jaws missed him."

Despite soaring through the air in an attempt to catch its prey, the great white failed to catch its teenage victim. Vaughan added, "it splashed back in the water near his right shoulder, missing him. He was off his board, waist-deep in water and completely unaware. The shark disappeared back under the water and I couldn’t see where it was - I was scared.”  The 52-year-old applauded his friend's son's calm attitude, claiming that he just remounted his board and paddled back to shore. "When I told them how close he came to the shark taking his arm, or his life, my friend, like me, was shocked, It was scary. I had the shakes. But the boy was cool - all he kept saying was 'oh wow',” he remarked. 

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