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Californian kayaker sees great white shark on day surfer killed

A great white shark was seen lurking near a lone Kayaker in Northern California on the same day a 26-year-old surfer was killed in a shark attack just five miles away.      

Footage was taken on Saturday in Monterey Bay – the same day Ben Kelly of Santa Cruz, was killed by a shark at Manresa State Beach. 

Giancarlo Thomae, a marine biologist, captured the footage and told Storyful that it was a 12-foot great white shark swimming beneath the kayaker. 

A lone kayaker was approached by a 12-foot great white shark on Saturday

The woman can be seen tentatively kayaking in Monterey Bay while a shark swims a few paces ahead of her.  

Just seconds later, she suddenly becomes aware of the shark circling her boat and quickly stops paddling. 

The shark ‘peacefully investigates’ the kayak as the woman waits patiently for the great white to leave. 

After a few moments, the shark becomes disinterested and swims away. 

Giancarlo Thomae, a marine biologist, insisted that the shark found in Monterey Bay (pictured) is not the same one who killed surfer Ben Kelly

Giancarlo Thomae, a marine biologist, insisted that the shark found in Monterey Bay (pictured) is not the same one who killed surfer Ben Kelly 

Thomae insisted that the shark in his footage is not the same one who attacked Kelly.  

Kelly died surfing off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay about 100 yards from the shore just before 1.30pm. 

He is said to have been well known Santa Cruz surfing community. He ran a local business hand crafting boards and has been described by friends as ‘one of a kind’.

Pictures on social media show Ben with his wife Katie in the water. They also show him making boards for others.

Paying tribute, Instagram user chejordan28 wrote: ‘Ben you are one of a kind, one of the good ones, and you will be sorely missed. Aloha bro and much love on your journey to surfing the stars. At least I know you will have a good board under your feet.’

Posting a picture of Ben with his surf board, friend Johnny Brewer said: ‘BK had one of the biggest hearts and you’ll be missed brother. Till our next surf up on the clouds. RIP BK.’  

The surfer killed in a shark attack off a Northern California beach on Saturday afternoon has been named by the coroner’s office as Ben Kelly, pictured with his wife Katie

The surfer killed in a shark attack off a Northern California beach on Saturday afternoon has been named by the coroner’s office as Ben Kelly, pictured with his wife Katie 

Ben Kelly, pictured, died surfing off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay about 100 yards from the shore just before 1.30pm

The 26-year-old, pictured with wife Katie, is said to have been well known in the Santa Cruz surfing community

Ben Kelly died surfing off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay about 100 yards from the shore just before 1.30pm. The 26-year-old is said to have been well known in the Santa Cruz surfing community

Kelly was killed in a shark attack off Manresa State Beach in Northern California on Saturday

Kelly was killed in a shark attack off Manresa State Beach in Northern California on Saturday

Police and ambulance vehicles were seen in the beach's parking lot following the attack

Police and ambulance vehicles were seen in the beach’s parking lot following the attack

Pictured: A broken surfboard and fresh flowers are photographed at a staircase leading to Manresa State Beach

Pictured: A broken surfboard and fresh flowers are photographed at a staircase leading to Manresa State Beach

Photos captured by KTVU showed rescue crews on the shoreline shortly after the incident. Police and ambulance vehicles were seen in the beach’s parking lot. 

According to the California State Parks website, Manresa State Beach is fully closed from 11am to 5pm daily amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

During the other times, the beach is open to local residents, and they must abide by guidelines and keep moving – surfing, jogging and swimming is permitted but sitting and sunbathing is not. 

The water one mile north and south of the attack will be closed for five days. Signs were posted warning beachgoers about the attack. 

‘State Parks expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of the victim,’ the statement said.

While it is unclear what species attacked the surfer, great white sharks are commonly seen swimming in the area in the lead up to summer. 

Local drone photographer Eric Mailander told KRON4 that he counted 15 great white sharks while out on his boat on Saturday morning.  

One friend wrote: 'Gonna miss you bro. Thank you for always having that aloha spirit'

One friend wrote: ‘Gonna miss you bro. Thank you for always having that aloha spirit’

Pictures on social media show Ben with his wife Katie and out in the water

Pictures on social media show Ben with his wife Katie and out in the water

Police created a sign which was put up to alert residents in the area

Police created a sign which was put up to alert residents in the area 

Saturday's incident was the third fatal shark attack off Northern California since 1984

Saturday’s incident was the third fatal shark attack off Northern California since 1984

Another drone photographer, Brian Stocks, also captured great whites swimming off the Manresa Beach on Friday.  

According to local news sites, the number of sharks in the area are increasing. One outlet described the waters as a ‘shark park’. 

Saturday’s incident was the third fatal shark attack off Northern California since 1984.  

In 2004, a diver was killed by a 17-foot great white shark near Kibeseliah Rock in Mendocino County. 

In 1984, a 28-year-old man was attacked by a shark at Pigeon Point by a 16-foot great white shark. 

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