By Paul Lebowitz
Brian Nelli of South Florida-based Pushin’ Waters Kayak Charters is famous for videos that show him putting the wood to big pelagics. Yesterday, the salty offshore angler published a video in which the tables were turned. Nelli must have felt like he was the one hunted.
Nelli and his friend Mark Namovitz were heading in after a day of fishing when, out of nowhere, the pair noticed a large, ominous fin sulking behind their kayaks.
Shark encounters are fairly common for South Florida offshore kayak anglers, so they don’t raise much alarm. This time it was different. The hefty hammerhead followed the pair for a lengthy and nervous two miles, bumping both of their kayaks on the way.
“They never hang out and follow for so long. It was a little unnerving,” Nelli said in an understated tone. The calm, cool and collected operator captured fascinating views of the shark following them home like a dog looking for a treat.
“It crossed my mind when filming. Don’t fall in,” he said with a laugh.
The encounter ended when their mighty stalker swam off as they approached the shore.