Shark Encounter Causes Scare at Oceanside Beach

A woman was in a canoe about two miles offshore when what she thought was a shark bit the back of her canoe/

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An encounter between a woman and what she was sure was a shark caused a scare at an Oceanside beach on Monday, the city Lifeguard Services confirmed.

Lifeguard Sgt. Mason Turvey said a woman was canoeing at around 6 p.m. about two miles offshore when what appeared to be a shark bit the back of her canoe.

After the first bite, she turned back for the shore and the creature went after her paddle.

Shark experts are examining the bite marks on the woman's canoe to try and determine if it was a shark, and possibly determine the species.

Lifeguards did not close the beach following the encounter because the shark didn't show aggressive behavior, Sgt. Turvey said.

The woman was not injured.

No other information was available.

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