Kayaker Survives Shark Attack

By: Sophia Silletto - Sat, 07 Jul 2012 23:22:56 -0800

SANTA CRUZ (BCN) -- The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office is warning people to watch out for sharks in the vicinity of Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz after a shark
attacked a kayaker in that area early Saturday.
     
Sheriff's Deputy April Skalland said a 52-year-old Fremont man was
fishing about a quarter of a mile from Pleasure Point at about 8:30 a.m.
Saturday when a shark lifted up his kayak and attacked its front end.
     
The man fell out of the 13.5-foot kayak but was quickly rescued by
a nearby boater, she said.
     
The man wasn't injured but his kayak was damaged by the shark
bite, according to Skalland.
     
The man was in 40-foot-deep water just outside a kelp bed when the
shark attacked the kayak, Skalland said. The man estimated that the shark was
about 14 to 18 feet long but wasn't sure what type of shark it was, she said.
     
Skalland said the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office wants to remind the
public to be careful in and around the ocean.
     
She said there are sharks in the ocean near Santa Cruz but they
generally stay in deeper waters and don't bother humans.
 
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