A great white shark, estimated to be up to 18 feet long, sheared through the front end of a kayak about a quarter-mile from the popular surfing spot known as Pleasure Point on Saturday, authorities said.
A 52-year-old Fremont 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, Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies said.
The man, thrown from the kayak, was unharmed in the 8:30 a.m. attack. He was plucked from the ocean by a boater nearby who had witnessed the incident.