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A Capitola kelp bed was the scene of a dramatic mid-summer shark encounter. In a story that should sound familiar by now, a kayak angler was vaulted violently into the water when a shark crunched the nose of his yellow Hobie kayak.
The 52-year old Fremont man preferred to remain anonymous. Capitola Police representative Chad Keane told South Bay News that nearby powerboaters pulled him from the water.
The kayak was brought to the nearby Capitola Pier, where it was examined and a tooth fragment recovered. Shark expert Sean Van Summeran of the Pelagic Shark Research Institute told the Los Angeles Times that the bite marks on the kayak were consistent with a 14-foot great white.