Shark attacks kayaker near San Francisco

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PACIFICA, Calif. — A shark attacked a fisherman in an open ocean kayak in the ocean near San Francisco Tuesday, violently shaking the man’s boat before letting it go.


Micah Flansburg said the scariest part of the attack was when the shark let go of his kayak. “It swam back around and I thought he was going to come and take another bite right where my legs were.”

Micah Flansburg was fishing off the coast of Pacifica State Beach on Tuesday afternoon when the bottom of his kayak suddenly jolted.

I had my paddle on my lap, and my fishing pole and a bottle of home brew,” he told San Francisco television stationĀ KGO. “The next thing I know, every single thing I had went flying in the air.”

It was a shark — one Flansburg guessed was a 10-foot juvenile great white.

“The shark came and it hit the bottom of the boat, lifted the boat up and grabbed ahold of it and just started shaking the whole boat,” Flansburg said. “And I’m just hanging on to this thing.”

Ross Webber, who was in another kayak about 10 feet away, watched as his son-in-law tried to stay in the boat.

“He was riding like a bull and keeping his balance,” Webber told KGO. “And I was like, ‘Go for it! Don’t fall in the water!'”

Flansburg guessed the battle lasted about 10 seconds before the shark let go. Pacifica police said the fish briefly circled the kayak before swimming away.


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