Great White Shark Attacks Kayaker In California

A great white shark attacked a kayak in Santa Cruz Tuesday, according to a press release from the Santa Cruz Fire Department (SCRD). The SCRD confirmed the news after the seasoned boater, who had a handheld VHF radio with him during the incident, called to report the attack. The kayaker did not sustain injuries from the attack, but the Kevlar kayak was damaged.

All water activities, such as swimming and kayaking, will be prohibited from beach access points for four days as a part of the Santa Cruz County Shark Incident Action Plan. Citizens will be able to resume activities in the prohibited locations after sunrise on Saturday, July 15. Prohibited beach access points that are within a one-mile radius of the attack include Main Beach and Cowell Beach, among other locations.


Jim Frawley, a Santa Cruz Fire Chief, claimed that attacks like these are “rare” in Santa Cruz County.

“Attacks like these are extremely rare in Santa Cruz County, and we are so thankful that the kayaker was uninjured,” Frawley said in a statement. “This is a reminder that swimming in the ocean does carry some risk and we encourage all swimmers, surfers, and kayakers to be mindful of their surroundings and follow directions of lifeguards and Marine Safety staff.”


Several great white sharks have been spotted along the Southern California coast as the temperatures have grown hotter, including a stranded great white shark that was reported to have been spotted April in Santa Cruz, according to CW affiliate KTLA.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP
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