Kayaker encounters shark while fishing

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    UNDATED (CNN) - A fisherman in Hawaii has quite the shark tale to tell. He and a tiger shark competed for the same tuna! And, thanks to his handy "go-pro" camera, he now has proof of his rare encounter.

    Isaac Brumaghim is out fishing in his kayak with a camera strapped to it. To the left of him, you can see a shark jumping to take the kawakawa tuna from the line. Brumaghim still tries to reel it in, but the shark bumps the kaya and takes the fish. He says, "The shark made a circle, came around and ate the kawakawa under my boat, hit my kayak and then it kind of hit me what just happened and then I had a reaction to that. I did get the shivers a bit on it just thinking about the whole thing."

    Marine biologist and former NOAA fish ecologist Wayne Samiere thinks it was a 10-foot tiger shark between 400 and 500 pounds, doing what comes naturally. He says, "When an animal particular if a fish is distressed it sends out electrical vibration signals, plus if it's hooked it's probably also leaking some blood, and all a shark needs is just one little small taste of that signal and it's going to make a beeline right for that target."

    Brumaghim was fishing about two miles from shore near Waianae in his 16 foot kayak. He is part of a group called Aqua Hunters and is fishing in an eight month tournament.

    He stayed out and caught two more fish after the shark encounter, including a mahi in the same spot. He says, "People may say that it's kinda foolish but I see it all the time. The shark is a part of the ocean, he is going to want fish. We're in his domain so you just have to live with it."

    Live being the operative word. The 37-year-old father of three has lived to tell the tale.


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