Isaac Brumaghim was on a “routine kayak fishing adventure” in the waters off the coast of Hawaii on Sunday when he had what he called a life or death moment with “Chompy.”
Chompy was a 400 to 500 pound tiger shark after the same kawakawa tuna Brumaghim was reeling in toward his kayak.
With a camera situated on the front of the kayak filming himself, footage captured the shark leaping out of the water, stunning the fisherman.
“Holy s***. Oh my God, ,” he exclaimed, shaking the willies from the encounter out of his body.
“Yeah I did get the shivers a bit on it just thinking about the whole thing and the possibility of me actually putting my hands in after my fish. It made me think how foolish that would have been,” Brumaghim, an Aqua Hunter participating in a fishing competition, told Hawaii News Now. He noted that the shark came around under the kayak to nab the fish.
Watch Brumaghim’s video posted on his YouTube channel (Content warning: some strong language):
Wayne Samiere, a marine biologist and Honolulu Fish Company president, told the news station Brumaghim had a rare experience and noted the “incredible” look on his face.
“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,” Samiere said. “It would have been an intimidating thing to be around and in the water.”
Watch KTLA’s report with some of Brumaghim’s account:
According to Hawaii News Now, the encounter didn’t deter Brumaghim from staying out a bit longer to catch a couple more fish.
“It definitely was an adrenaline rush for me out there. Life and death right in front of you. It put some things into perspective,” he said.