Kayakers Report Great White Shark Attack

A shark attacked a kayak near Cambria.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, May 15, 2012  |  Updated 1:12 PM PDT
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Kayakers Report Great White Shark Attack

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A large shark, said to be a great white, attacked a kayak near Cambria over the weekend, according to reports.

Joey Nocchi, 30, of Paso Robles was fishing with some friends near Moonstone Beach along the central coast when his boat was struck from underneath, flipping the kayak and sending him into the water, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

"The shark rolled the whole kayak over, rolled me out of it, and he went over the top of it. He swam across me -- his tail touched me," Nocchi told the newspaper.

According to Nocchi's friends, the shark was about 12 to 14 feet long. In other words, a potential man-eater.

The shark put a "20 inches long, 22 inches wide" bite in the kayak, which rapidly took on water while Nocchi managed to get it to shore. The shark stayed away following the attack and bite on the kayak. It was not seen again that weekend, according to reports, though swimmers and other beach goers were warned of its presence via signs on the shore.

Nocchi, a regular fisherman, told reporters he'd likely stay out of the water for some time. "I'll be bass fishing for a while, probably from the shore," he said.

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