Kayakers Attacked By Great White Shark off Plymouth, Massachusetts
Published: September 4, 2014

Authorities in Plymouth, Massachusetts, say two women in kayaks taking photographs of seals were attacked by what appears to be a great white shark off Plymouth, Massachusetts. They were not injured.

The women, identified as Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, both in their 20s, were about 150 yards off White Horse Beach in Plymouth on Wednesday night when the shark bit one of the kayaks, WCVB-TV reports. Both kayaks overturned and the women swam away, as did the shark.

(MORE: Kayaker's Attempt to Cross Lake Michigan Goes Horribly Wrong)

The Plymouth harbormaster rescued the women after a bystander called 911.

'It was petrifying waiting in that water ... not knowing if anyone was going to come and get us," Parker said.

Officials believe a bite mark on one of the kayaks was from a great white shark. The sharks hunt seals off the Massachusetts coast each summer.

Featured Blogs

Hurricane Sandra Heads for Mexican Coast; Icing, Flooding Hit Southern Plains

By Dr. Jeff Masters
November 27, 2015

After becoming the latest major hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere, a weakening Hurricane Sandra (top winds of 100 mph on Friday morning] remained on track Friday for a history-making landfall as a tropical storm early Saturday on the coast of Mexico’s Sinaloa state. Energy and moisture from Sandra will flow toward Texas this weekend, in the wake of the wettest Thanksgiving Day on record in a number of central U.S. cities. Flooding and icing will be a major threat Friday and Saturday across parts of the Southern and Central Plains.

Incredible November Warmth for Portions of the U.S., Europe and Beyond

By Christopher C. Burt
November 10, 2015

The first 10 days of November 2015 have seen record-breaking warmth for many locations in Florida and elsewhere in the U.S. while all-time November monthly national heat records have so far been broken in the U.K., Ireland, France, Estonia, Slovenia, and Finland. All-time record heat (for any month) was also observed in parts of Australia and French Guiana. Here is a brief summary.

An extraordinary meteorological event; was one of its results a 1000-year flood?

By Stu Ostro
October 5, 2015

The confluence of meteorological ingredients the first weekend in October 2015 resulted in an extraordinary weather event with severe impacts. Was one of them a 1000-year flood?

Why the Arrest of a Science-Loving 14-year-old Matters

By Shaun Tanner
September 16, 2015

By now, many of you have heard or read about the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old high school student from Irving, Texas. Ahmed was arrested because school officials called the police after he showed one of his teachers his homemade clock. Mistaken for a bomb, Ahmed was taken into custody, interrogated, shamed, suspended (still on suspension today, Wednesday), and reprimanded. All of this after it has been found that the "device" he brought to school was indeed, a homemade clock.

2013-14 - An Interesting Winter From A to Z

By Tom Niziol
May 15, 2014

It was a very interesting winter across a good part of the nation from the Rockies through the Plains to the Northeast. Let's break down the most significant winter storms on a month by month basis.

What the 5th IPCC Assessment Doesn't Include

By Angela Fritz
September 27, 2013

Melting permafrost has the potential to release an additional 1.5 trillion tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and could increase our global average temperature by 1.5°F in addition to our day-to-day human emissions. However, this effect is not included in the IPCC report issued Friday morning, which means the estimates of how Earth's climate will change are likely on the conservative side.