Pacifica Shark Attack: Kayaker Survives Terrifying Encounter With Great White
A kayaker experienced what seemed like a scene out of a horror movie on Tuesday, when he was attacked by what officials think is a juvenile great white shark off the coast of California.
Local ABC news affiliate KGO reports that Micah Flansburg was fishing with his father-in-law in Pacifica, California, when the incident happened. The two were about 100 yards from shore when the shark attacked Micah’s kayak from behind.
Micah told CBS affiliate KPIX 5, "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, and as it grabbed a hold of me, it started shaking the boat front to back. And it wouldn’t let go.”
The most terrifying part of the 10-second attack, according to Micah, was that when the shark eventually did let go of the kayak, it came circling back. “I thought he was going to come and take another bite, right where my legs were,” he said.
Officials have yet to confirm that the approximately 11-foot shark was indeed a great white, but Micah told NBC Bay Area that he recognized the species immediately. "It was just like the Discovery Channel where you see the eyes roll to the back of the head and the pink gums and his teeth bared. His whole head was halfway out of the water."
Micah’s father-in-law, Ross Webber, told KGO that his son-in-law was terrified during the incident, screaming, "’Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God!' He was riding like a bull and keeping his balance and I was like, 'Don't fall in the water!'"
To what must have been Micah’s immense relief, he didn’t fall into the water, and the shark eventually swam off. This might be because according to the San Francisco Chronicle, great white sharks rarely attack people, preferring seals and sea lions.