Man says great white bit his boat off California coast

SANTA CRUZ — A man says he was fishing off the Northern California coast when a 15-foot great white shark bit his boat.

KSBW-TV reports ( ) that Mark Davis says he was fishing for squid bait just off Capitola when the shark slammed into his small boat from below.

Davis says he’s had other, smaller sharks approach his boat, but the great white is the largest thing he’s seen in the water.

Davis was not injured.

Based on the teeth marks left on the boat’s bow, Sean Van Sommeran of Santa Cruz’ Pelagic Shark Research Foundation believes the shark is at least 15 feet long and weighs a ton and a half.

Van Sommeran says sharks can attack boats, but it’s uncommon.

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