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: 'Kill Me;' Stunning BodyCam Video Of Danville Police Shooting Released; Officer Faces Charges In Prior Suspect Killing
Van Sommeran says that swimming just on the other side of his boat was a 9-foot great white shark.READ MORE: Gov. Newsom Declares Drought Emergency In Sonoma, Mendocino Counties
“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: Officials Identify Woman Found Dead Inside Vacant Warehouse
Van Sommeran was eventually able to use his boat to herd the frightened deer back to shore.