Just ask kayakers Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, who were hit by a great white shark and dumped into the water Wednesday off of White Horse Beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The two women were 100 yards offshore, near an area populated by seals, when they were struck by a shark measuring 14 to 16 feet.
"I looked back at her and it came directly out of the water, underneath the boat, launched her backwards and flipped me over," Parker told CNN affiliate WCVB.
Warning notices have been posted at Linda Mar Beach today after a man in a kayak fishing off the coast said a shark bit his boat before swimming away.
The victim said a shark bit the kayak then briefly circled the watercraft before swimming away. The victim in the kayak was able to return to shore unharmed, according to Tasa.
If Isaac Brumaghim used some slightly NSFW language after a shark surprised him while he was out fishing in his kayak, it’s hard to blame him. “Holy sh*t! Oh my God. Whoo!” is putting it mildly when Chompy the shark, as Brumaghim has dubbed his surprise visitor, comes that close. Actually, once Brumaghim has ascertained that all of his fingers are still there, he seems kind of tickled by the encounter. Which is better than bitten.
The shark that caused a sensation when a photo of its fin slicing through the waters off Cape Cod behind a frightened kayaker was distributed worldwide might not have been a man-eating great white after all….
Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries says based on the fin’s shape and the depth at which the fish was swimming, he’s almost positive it was a basking shark….
Of course, Skomal says, there really are great whites in Cape Cod waters.
Expert: Cape Cod shark likely wasn’t a great white
SANTA CRUZ — 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.
Mass. Shark Sends Kayaker Running ‘Like a Little Child’
A news report, following up on that previous photo.
ORLEANS, Mass. (WHDH) — Nauset beach was evacuated Saturday afternoon when a 12 to 14-foot shark was spotted only 100 feet out.
A great white’s dorsal fin cut through the top of the water as it cruised the shoreline.
“All of a sudden, we saw this person in a kayak, and we saw a fin 10 feet from it,” said Lizzy Jenkins.
Everyone else in the water immediately ran onto the beach.
"Because it [the kayak] is a sealed unit, when the shark bit it, it went off like an explosion," Kane told reporters. "It really surprised me - I just didn’t know what it was. It didn’t strike me until I saw the fin that it was a shark."