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Pacifica shark attacks kayak. Man inside escapes unharmed.

Pacifica shark attacks a man's kayak in waters just south of San Francisco Tuesday. The kayaker was able to escape and returned to shore without injury, according to Pacifica police. Most shark attacks off California shores occur between July and November, when the predators are drawn by seals and sea lions.

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Waves pound a wall near buildings in Pacifica, Calif., in this file photo. A kayaker escaped a shark attack in waters just south of San Francisco Wednesday.

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Police say a shark bit a kayak in waters just south of San Francisco, but the man inside it escaped unharmed.

Pacifica police Capt. Joe Spanheimer says the man was fishing from a kayak shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday offPacifica State Beach.

Spanheimer tells the San Francisco Chronicle (bit.ly/15DZuYc) that an unknown species of shark swam up to the fisherman, bit his kayak then briefly circled around it before swimming away. The kayaker returned to shore without injury.

Police say swimmers and surfers rarely go to the area where the incident occurred, but signs would be posted on the beach warning people about the shark run-in.

Most shark attacks off California shores occur between July and November, when the predators are drawn by seals and sea lions.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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