Great White Shark Circles Big Wave Surfer Chuck Patterson (Video)

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A snapshot of the shark that was circling Patterson -- check out the full video below!
Gizmodo points us to a crazy video from big wave surfer Chuck Patterson who apparently took Discovery's Shark Week to heart. he was stand-up paddle surging in San Clemente, California with several friends when they saw two sharks circle them for about 15 minutes. So, what any logical surfer would do next, he went back the following day with a camera strapped to a pole. Sure enough...he found what he'd hoped.

Me my Shark and I from Chuck Patterson on Vimeo.

"The day before I shot this video, I was SUP [stand up paddle] surfing with a couple friends and 2 sharks circled us for about 15 minutes. The next day, I decided to go back out at around the same time and take my camera mounted on a 10 ft pole and do some exploring. Sure enough within 5 minutes, a 9 ft shark came out of nowhere and circled twice and slapped his tail on my board before disappearing. Then a minute later, a 7 ft young juvenile Great White swam circles around me for 12 minutes."

Great whites are often found in California waters, migrating up and down the western United States with particular concentrations between California and Hawaii. Surfers are usually more worried about catching waves than fending off sharks, but this is probably a little too close for comfort. Still, it's an amazing experience considering there are fewer than 3,500 great whites left.

They're amazing animals, but not one you want to have circling you. Would you want to come face to face with this guy?

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Photo by hermanusbackpackers via Flickr Creative Commons
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