Humboldt #1 in shark attacks
Today’s Times-Standard cites a 2008 study by the Florida Museum of Natural History that found Humboldt County leads California counties is shark attacks.
The article includes a terrifying account of a 2004 shark attack near the North Jetty. After Arcata’s Brian Kang suffered an initial strike by a great white, the shark returned.
The massive head rose up beneath his fragile foam surf board, its mouth open as wide as a trash can, filled with rows of white serrated teeth.
Kang said the shark moved slowly with eyes rolled back in its head as it made a “gumming” motion, investigating the air with its mouth.
In an effort to avoid falling into the gaping maw, Kang grabbed onto the shark’s nose to balance himself.
”I hit its nose with my left hand,” he said. “I really think by holding its nose it saved my life. That’s what the researchers think: It disoriented the shark. I held onto its nose for a while. I’m sure it was only a matter of seconds, but it feels like a lifetime.”
It’s been more than a year since a shark attack here, but the T-S says it’s rare for such a period to go by without an incident.