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Kayaker Attacked By A Shark Off The Coast Of Catalina Island

An orange-blue sunset is pictured over the hills and bay of Catalina Island. Many sailboats dot the water and houses are seen on the hill to the left.
A kayaker was bitten on the hand by a shark off a remote part of Catalina Island on Wednesday morning.
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A kayaker who was bitten on the hand by a shark off a remote part of Catalina Island was airlifted to the hospital for surgery on Wednesday morning.

Lifeguards got the call just after 7 a.m., saying the victim was kayaking offshore with their father near Parson's Landing, along the northwest side of the island. The victim had their hand in water when the shark bit them.

It's not clear what kind of shark, or how large it was, though officials have called in an expert from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego to help them figure that out.

The ocean in that area will be closed off for at least 24 hours, which is standard procedure for shark encounters.

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