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Close Encounter: Shark Bites 14-Inch Chunk Out of California Surfer’s Board [PICS]

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Talk about a mouth full. Check out this 14-inch shark bite out of a California surfer’s board.

While surfing at Morro Strand State Beach on the morning of Aug. 29, 2015, Elinor Dempsey had a close call with a shark.

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Dempsey, 54, managed to escape unharmed, but her surfboard did not go unscathed.

Measuring at just under 14-inches, the White Shark Conservation Trust suggests that the size of the shark bite points to a white shark.

Located just north of Morro Bay, Dempsey said she was floating on her board when she saw a dark figure swimming underneath.

“And next thing I knew the shark’s body was right here. Like literally next to me,” she told NBC affiliate KSBY.

One nearby witness happened to be an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and estimated the shark was roughly six feet long.

Following the incident, California State Parks warned beach-goers to stay out of the water for 72 hours.

According to data from the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, the U.S. has seen slightly above average numbers of shark attacks this year.

There were 23 attacks during the first half of the year alone, with only one being fatal.  The US. usually only sees between 30-40 annually.

With the official end of summer marked by Labor Day on Monday, the number of people in the water should decrease. And with water temperatures inevitably cooling down, hopefully these attacks will become more few and far between.

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Close Encounter: Shark Bites 14-Inch Chunk Out of California Surfer’s Board [PICS]