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Pacifica shark attack: Kayaker attacked by great white shark

By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   June 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM   |   Comments

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June 26 (UPI) -- While shark attacks are said to be a rare occurrence at Pacifica State Beach, a popular surfing spot near San Francisco, Micah Flanaburg told ABC 7 on Tuesday that a great white shark had attacked his kayak.

Flanaburg said he was fishing when the shark latched onto his kayak.

"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," he said.

"It almost instantly, the shark came and it hit the bottom of the boat, lifted the boat up, and grabbed ahold of it and just started shaking the whole boat, and I'm just hanging on to this thing," he added.

Flanaburg said that the force of the shark's bite launched all his supplies into the air, including a bottle of home brew.

“I was pretty much helpless, just hanging on for dear life,” he told CBS San Francisco, and estimated that the shark was about 12 feet long.

Flanaburg walked away from the incident unharmed, but beach officials will post signs warning the public.

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