A great white shark followed a man in a kayak off Nauset Beach on Cape Cod Saturday. In Monterey Bay, near Santa Cruz, Calif, a great white shark attacked a kayak. There were no injuries in either attack.
ORLEANS, Mass. and PLEASURE POINT, Calif.
Nauset Beach in Orleans reopened Sunday after being closed briefly Saturday when a shark was seen swimming not far from shore.
Orleans resident Dana Richardson tells the Cape Cod Times he saw a shark fin following him Saturday while he was paddle boarding about 200 feet from shore in eight feet of water, and then later spotted a fin following a kayaker. The kayaker quickly rowed ashore.
Experts say the sharks are being drawn to Cape Cod's waters by an abundance of seals, a favorite meal of the predatory fish. Swimmers in Chatham have been told to steer clear of seals after sharks were seen in the water there last week.
Meanwhile, in California waters, a great white shark, estimated to be up to 18 feet long, sheared through the front end of a kayak floating about a quarter-mile from the popular Eastside surf spot known as Pleasure Point in Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz, Calif,, authorities said.
The attack, which happened about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, is a rare occurrence for the area, as no one has reported a shark bite in several decades in the waters around Santa Cruz County, according to Sean Van Sommeran of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation.
On Saturday, a 52-year-old Fremont, Calif., man was fishing from his 13.5-foot kayak when he felt the shark bump up against the back of the boat.
Within seconds, the shark lifted up the kayak and attacked the front, sheriff's deputies said.
The man, thrown from the kayak, was unharmed.
He was plucked from the ocean by a boater nearby who had witnessed the incident.
The man was fishing with two friends in about 40 feet of water just outside a kelp bed when the attack occurred.