Woman kayaking off Catalina has run-in with shark

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Posted by Tim Baskin on June 23, 2008 at 07:50:34:

Woman kayaking off Catalina has run-in with shark
A woman kayaking off the Catalina isthmus had a close encounter with a shark Sunday, according to a broadcast report.

Bettina Pereira was in an area she has frequented for years when a shark bumped her kayak, KCAL9 reported.

"My first thought was, `wow, was that a whale?"' Pereira told KCAL. "I couldn't believe it and all of a sudden when I seen the fin I realized this is not a whale -- this is a shark. By the time I thought that ... the shark was already cruising under me and lifting the kayak up with its body, and I landed out of the kayak right onto the shark's body."

Pereira's son told her husband a shark was attacking her, but the shark swam away and Pereira started swimming toward the shore, KCAL9 reported.

Two men in a boat pulled up and helped her to the shore.

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