MONTEREY (KPIX) — There was a very unusual encounter in Monterey Bay involving a shark, and of all things, a deer.
Shark researcher Sean Van Sommeran was out on the water when he saw a deer swimming nearby. The doe had apparently been frightened into the water by a dog at Seacliff State Beach.READ MORE: Oakland Police Chief Armstrong Appeals to Public in Wake of City's 100th Homicide; 'We Gotta Do the Work'
Van Sommeran says that swimming just on the other side of his boat was a 9-foot great white shark.READ MORE: East Bay Construction Company Owners Charged With $5M Workers' Compensation Fraud
“My first approach on the deer, it began to panic. It was kicking so hard it was actually sinking and losing its forward momentum,” he said. “So I just kind of backed off. I saw the shark, it was maybe 90 feet away.”MORE NEWS: 2 Die In Separate Weekend Crashes In San Francisco
Van Sommeran was eventually able to use his boat to herd the frightened deer back to shore.