BREAKING NEWS WATCH: A look at Highway 126 after the Holiday Farm Fire Full Story

Shark bites woman's canoe

Lifeguards in Oceanside are investigating after a shark reportedly attacked a woman's outrigger canoe off the coast M...

Posted: Jun 30, 2018 6:46 AM
Updated: Jun 30, 2018 6:46 AM

Lifeguards in Oceanside are investigating after a shark reportedly attacked a woman's outrigger canoe off the coast Monday.

After 25 years canoeing, Julie Wolfe says it was an exciting day. She had just spent several thousand dollars on a new canoe and was ready to break it in on the open water.

According to lifeguards, the attack happened roughly two miles off the coast of Oceanside Harbor.

"I felt this, something, hit my...the bottom of my canoe, hard," she said. "Like a car had hit me, and I knew right away what it was."

Around 5:30 p.m. a shark came up from below and bit Wolfe's canoe.

"I wasn't sure if it was chasing me, so I was paddling real fast. And then about a minute into my paddle, I felt a tug," she said. "I felt it tug on my paddle, and that's when I screamed like a little girl, aaaahhh!!"

Despite her canoe taking on water, Wolfe was able to make it back to shore.

Wolfe was unable to see the shark due to the nature of the attack, but after talking with an expert at the Shark Research Institute, Wolfe learned it was an 11-12 foot great white shark that bit her canoe.

Wolfe said that the expert told her she was likely in the shark's feeding area and it just wanted her gone.

"He wanted me out, which was fine," she said. "I was fine with leaving!"

At least, she said, the damage is to her ride and not her body.

"The sharks live in the ocean, that's their home, and we're entering it," Wolfe said. "The only thing I can say is appreciate everyday."

Even though she was terrified, Wolfe plans to be back out on the water as soon as her canoe is fixed.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 31865

Reported Deaths: 539
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7022136
Marion456992
Washington441759
Umatilla293941
Clackamas234661
Malheur158926
Jackson11094
Lane109616
Deschutes79312
Yamhill75013
Jefferson5218
Polk51515
Linn49513
Morrow4946
Lincoln47613
Union4392
Benton2946
Klamath2792
Wasco2793
Hood River2490
Douglas2244
Josephine1952
Columbia1551
Coos1490
Clatsop1310
Baker922
Crook621
Tillamook510
Curry310
Lake290
Wallowa281
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant90
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 61°
Corvallis
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 61°
Roseburg
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 63°
North Bend
Overcast
62° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 62°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events