Kayakers attacked by great white shark

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Friends Ida and Kristin were attacked by a great white shark Wednesday evening. (Twitter / @JulieLoncichTV) Friends Ida and Kristin were attacked by a great white shark Wednesday evening. (Twitter / @JulieLoncichTV)
The bottom of one of the kayaks that was attacked. (John Chisholm) The bottom of one of the kayaks that was attacked. (John Chisholm)
The size and pattern of the bite and the striations around the tooth holes suggest an exploratory bite from a great white shark. (John Chisholm) The size and pattern of the bite and the striations around the tooth holes suggest an exploratory bite from a great white shark. (John Chisholm)
This photo was taken just minutes before the attack occurred. (Twitter / @JulieLoncichTV) This photo was taken just minutes before the attack occurred. (Twitter / @JulieLoncichTV)
A harbormaster assists the two kayakers about 100 yards from shore. (Massachusetts State Police) A harbormaster assists the two kayakers about 100 yards from shore. (Massachusetts State Police)
PLYMOUTH, MA (WSHM) -

Two female kayakers were attacked by a shark about 100 yards off the coastline Wednesday evening and the bite marks officials examined showed evidence that the fish was a great white shark.

A state police helicopter hovered over the scene near Manomet Point while a harbormaster conducted its rescue operation and brought the boaters to shore following the attack, which knocked both kayakers in the water.

Neither woman was injured in the attack, according to state police officials.

"The size and pattern of the bite suggest an exploratory bite from a great white shark," said John Chisholm of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

The striations around the tooth holes found on the kayak and paddle were caused by the serrated edges found on a great white's tooth, Chisholm said.

A helicopter from the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing was scheduled to fly over the area with a scientist from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to monitor the area for sharks.

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