NBC NEW YORK  "There was a huge explosion of water behind me, and I instantly knew something just wasn't right," Micah Flansburg said of the frightening encounter.

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“There was a huge explosion of water behind me, and I instantly knew something just wasn’t right,” Micah Flansburg said of the frightening encounter.

Great White Shark Attacks Kayaker Off Pacifica State Beach

Pacifica, CA – In these somewhat cold waters in Northern, CA, Micah Flanaburg was enjoying an afternoon of fishing from his Kayak along with his father-in-law. It was at that time that a Great White Shark surfaced beneath his single-person plastic kayak and hoisted it above water.

Flanaburg said the man-eating shark then took hold of the kayak and jostled it from side to side eventually taking hold of the craft in its jaws.

The shark bit into the kayak and then swam around Flanaburg at which point it vanished as quickly as it had appeared.

“It was intense. 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,” Flansburg told ABC.

Looking back, Flanaburg believes the incident lasted no more than ten seconds, but he says it was a very long ten seconds. He feared that if the shark were to take another bite of the kayak, it would be in a part where his legs were.

Flanaburg’s kayak is 15 feet long which gave him a good means of measuring the shark. He says the predator was 3/4ths the length of his kayak which would put it’s length at 12 feet.

They were only between 100 and 200 yards from the shore. There are multiple swimmers and surfers at Pacifica Beach this time of year.

Last year’s 75 shark attacks worldwide were close to the 10-year average. But the number of deaths doubled compared with 2010. The 12 fatalities in 2011 was the highest yearly total since 1993, which also had 12. The 2001 to 2010 yearly average was 4.3.

Last year’s fatalities happened in Australia (three), Reunion (two), the Seychelles (two) and South Africa (two), with one each in Costa Rica, Kenya and New Caledonia.

Florida led the U.S. with 11 of the nation’s 29 attacks, none of them fatal.

NBC NEW YORK  Flansburg thought he was done for when the boat was being sucked under, but the shark let go and eventually swam away.

NBC NEW YORK
Flansburg thought he was done for when the boat was being sucked under, but the shark let go and eventually swam away.

Source:

Great White Shark Attacks Kayakers Off Pacifica State Beach
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/06/25/kayaker-reportedly-attacked-by-shark-off-pacifica-state-beach/

Great white shark runs into kayaker in Pacifica
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/peninsula&id=9152345

Pacifica shark attack: why we don’t need to be afraid
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0627/Pacifica-shark-attack-why-we-don-t-need-to-be-afraid