A great white shark attacked a kayak near Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz earlier this month, throwing the boater into the water. And just last week, another sighting was made just south of Santa Cruz in Aptos.
Yet shark experts say there’s little to fear.
“Your chances of encountering a white shark are extremely slim,” said George Burgess, curator of the International Shark Attack File and director of the Florida Program for Shark Research. “For the last several years, we have been averaging only five white shark-related deaths worldwide per year.”