Pacifica shark attacks kayaker from underneath

Posted at 6:46 PM, Jun 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-26 18:54:15-04

PACIFICA (KPIX 5) – A great white shark attacked a kayaker fishing off Pacifica State Beach near Linda Mar Tuesday afternoon, KPIX 5 reports, in an area frequented by surfers and swimmers.

“As I’m looking back, trying to figure out what the hell is going on, he came up straight underneath me…and the whole kayak was probably lifted out of the water,” kayaker Micah Flanaburg told KPIX 5. “And as it grabbed a hold of me, it started shaking the boat front to back. And it wouldn’t let go.”

The shark bit into the kayak, before the shark circled the craft and swam away, according to authorities.

Probably the scariest part was when it let go, ’cause it swam back around and I thought he was going to come and take another bite, right where my legs were,” Flanaburg recalled.

Flanaburg said the attack was around 10 seconds, but it felt much longer. “Right from below me, the whole kayak lifted up from below me, and the great white shark grabbed the whole front of the kayak and was shaking it violently. He hit me so hard from underneath,” he said.

Flanaburg estimated the great white shark to be about 12 feet, or three-quarters the length of his kayak. “I was pretty much helpless, just hanging on for dear life,” he said.

Officials with the Pacifica Public Works plan to post signs warning the public about the incident.

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