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Shark Bites Kayak at Pleasure Point

A man was knocked from his boat Saturday morning by a shark.

"Enter at your own risk" is the current state of affairs at Pleasure Point Saturday afternoon after a 52-year-old Fremont man was thrown from his kayak by a shark.

He was about 100 yards out mid-morning when he felt something nudge his kayak, Capitola Police Chief Rudy Escalante said. The shark then bit the 13.5-foot kayak, sending the man into the water, where he was picked up by another boat that was floating close by. 

The boat brought the man to shore, where he and other witnesses alerted authorities. 

Escalante said that the Coast Guard has been notified, and that beachgoers should use caution in and around Pleasure Point for the time being. 

Capitola Police Officer Chad Keane said the shark left bite marks 18 inches across the bottom of the kayak. Keane is confident that it was a great white shark. Officers pulled a fragment of a tooth out of the kayak back at the Capitola Village station. See photos of the kayak and the tooth above.

Shark sightings are not unheard-of in the Monterey Bay, but according to Keane, an encounter so close to the shore is highly rare if not unprecedented. The water is only 40-feet deep where the incident occurred. 

Sightings usually occur at least a mile from the beach, Keane said.

Rich Spyder July 08, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Going to need a bigger boat.
David July 08, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Should not have used that seal blubber to wax the kayak....
sister madly July 08, 2012 at 11:11 PM
given the number of seals in monterey bay. i'm surprised this doesn't happen more often.
Mr. Snuggles July 08, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Here's to swimmin' with bow legged women
Al A. Meda July 08, 2012 at 11:44 PM
maybe avoiding close contact with the water would be a good idea folks.
Heidi Dietrich July 08, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Ya think? lol. I'm glad he survived though.
Heidi Dietrich July 08, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Thanks for the laugh.
Bob July 09, 2012 at 12:59 AM
My question is why are they coming in close to shore on both coasts? what is out there that is driving or coaxing them to come in to what is pretty much shallow water for them. Something seems to be changing and we need to find out what. I am glad the man is okay and he was lucky to have another boat close by.
jack July 09, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Anything that has more teeth or bigger then me, I stay away from.
janson mancheski July 09, 2012 at 03:20 AM
When humans first began swimming in the ocean over 7000 years ago, a couple of teenagers decided it would be great sport to grab some flat wood and try paddling out to where the waves were breaking. Of course, great whites were 3x their current size back then, and thus required 3x more food to survive. Isn't it odd this human impulse to frolic in the ocean hasn't been weeded from our gene pool by now?
Daniel Rosenthal July 09, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Oh, the shark has such pretty teeth, dear, and he shows them pearly white A jackknife only has MacHeath, dear, and he keeps it out of sight. When the shark bites with his teeth, dear, scarlet billows start to spread Fancy gloves has MacHeath, dear, and there's never a trace of red. One Sunday morning in the street, dear, lies a body, oozing life Someone' sneaking 'round the corner--could that someone be Mack the Knife? There's a tugboat coming down the river with cement bags dropping down The bags are just for weight, dear--betcha Mackie's back in town. Louie Miller disappeared, dear, after drawing out all his cash Now MacHeath spends like a sailor--did our boy do something rash? Sulkey Tawdrey, Jenney driver, and old Lucy Brown The line forms to the right, dear, now that Mackie's back in town... (And so is the shark.....)
Daniel Rosenthal July 09, 2012 at 03:43 AM
from Berthold Brecht: The Ballad of Mack the Knife (from the Threepenny Opera). The song has been recorded by Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Bobby Darrin. It's appropriate because it makes reference to sharks.
Sharon July 09, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Last week there was a great white that brushed against a women paddle boarded in La Jolla. I read that the great white population is growing again which scientist think is a good thing.
ertye July 09, 2012 at 03:56 AM
A kayak in the ocean??Come on people use your common sense
CJ July 09, 2012 at 06:13 AM
..and using a kayak in river rapids surrounded by boulders is ok?
eat me July 09, 2012 at 10:41 AM
eat me
Danny Smith July 09, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Might try another way of having fun, you were lucky !
Elliot July 09, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I think it's more of what isn't out there to cause them to come closer into shore. Lack of food will make any animal change hunting grounds.
Elliot July 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Love that song.
Johnny White July 09, 2012 at 04:07 PM
When you are in the gulf of mexico, you do not use a kyack. More like you use a 28 to 32ft with twin 300 hp Yamaha out boards. I suggest the same is needed in Montery Bay. Hmmm
timskee July 09, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Don't forget the sharper teeth also.
leilani July 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Pleasure Point and La Jolla ar both in the red triangle. Im not surprised...
Watzon McWats July 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM
It'sincredibly ignorant to suggest that people should avoid sea kayaking or contact with the water at all. There's mountain lions in them there woods. You gonna give up hiking and biking as well? Either activity is certainaly safer than trying to navigate HWY 1 on a heavy tourist weekend.
NorCal Spearfishing July 10, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Maybe the sharks are moving closer to shore thanks to the marine mammals protection act?? Look up the seal and sea lion numbers today vs. what they were 20 years ago. I can't believe someone would take a kayak out on the ocean either!! What idiots............that's why I swim out from shore without a boat and free dive for my fish, and I'm still gonna do it, sharks or no sharks.
kate keesler July 11, 2012 at 04:22 AM
what about a cement boat?
CJ July 11, 2012 at 04:43 AM
that's what she said
Just One Vote August 12, 2013 at 07:14 PM
The story was posted on Friday, Aug.9,2013 about a shark "attack" on Saturday morning (pre-cognition?) and the comments were all from July 8-11, 2012. I guess some stories are just timeless.....

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