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Terrifying video footage shows a North Carolina man narrowly escaping the deadly chomp of an alligator as the creature launches a sneak attack on his kayak.

Peter Joyce, an experienced paddler, was floating down a section of the Waccamaw River he had never explored before last weekend, when he came face-to-face with the aggressive reptile.

At first, he couldn’t make out what the commotion was.

“I thought I heard a fish jump to my left — turned out not to be a fish,” the surprisingly calm and collected Joyce tells WECT News. “About 3 feet from the kayak I made out the head of the gator and that was it, I had no time to react.”