ORLEANS, MASS. (WHDH) - A paddleboarder in the water off Cape Cod says he was unaware that a large great white shark was lurking just feet away from him.
Cody DeGroff captured stunning photos from above that showed the shark’s murky shadow below the ocean’s surface as Roger Freeman, of Hingham, passed by.
The dangerously close encounter happened Sunday morning just north of Nauset Beach, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said in a tweet.
“I was just very grateful that I was able to go home and have breakfast rather than end up as breakfast,” Freeman told 7News.
Freeman said he was not aware that the shark was swimming near him.
“Had I seen a shark, in addition to messing up my bathing suit, I probably would have fallen off,” he said.
Freeman said he plans to keep on paddleboarding and that he plans to frame the stunning photo.
Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro was closed Monday after a great white sighting.
There have been dozens of confirmed shark sightings off the Cape this summer, according to the Sharktivity app.