When Micah Flansburg felt a burst of water exploding behind his kayak, he knew something was wrong. Wrong could not have been more right; the kayaker was staring right at endless rows of teeth, the jaws of a massive great white shark.
The attack took place Tuesday evening near the point off of Linda Mar Beach. Pacifica Beach is a common spot in Northern California for watermen and women alike to enjoy the open water, but nowhere near a common place to spot a shark. The police officer on duty told NBC he had never heard of an attack near Pacifica, one of the Bay Area’s most popular beaches.
“It looked just like the Discovery Channel. The shark’s eyes were rolled up in the back of his head,” he told NBC. “I saw his gums and all his fangs bared. His whole head was halfway out of the water.”
The 10-second attack left deep, jagged bite marks along the kayak’s edges and left the watercraft with one less strap, thankfully the only things the shark was able to sink it’s jaws into. Flansburg was out with his father-in-law, Ross Webber, who recounts his son’s immediate reaction during the attack.
“He was riding like a bull and keeping his balance,” Webber told the Huffington Post. “I screamed, ‘Don’t fall in the water!’”
The beach was not shut down after the attack and Flansburg, although in shock, is not scared of the water.
“The biggest fish story you could ever tell is getting attacked by a great white shark. It just never happens,” said Flansburg in an interview with NBC, video below.
Video by nbcbayarea.com.