Beach closed as hunt launched for shark that threw man and pet dog into water

A beach has been closed while authorities hunt for a shark that bit a paddleboard and threw a man and dog into the water.

During the encounter the shark is said to have swum underneath the paddleboard, before turning and biting the board throwing the man and his dog into the water.

City of Pacific Grove said the incident occurred off the central California coast at approximately 11.30am on Wednesday, off of Lovers Point Beach.

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"The Pacific Grove resident and his dog were able to get back on the board and paddle to shore, uninjured," the city said.

Officials have now taken the paddleboard device for testing to determine the species of the shark involved in the encounter which occurred around 150 yards from the Lovers Point Pier.

The city said that it is following California State Parks protocol to close Lovers Point Beach and coastal access starting at the Sea Palm turnout, and it will remain closed through Saturday.

This is not the first shark incident in California waters, or in Pacific Grove.

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In June Steve Bruemmer was bitten by a great white shark in what he believed was a case of mistaken identity.

In a video supplied by the medical centre, Bruemmer said from his hospital bed that the shark bit him across his thighs and abdomen and then "it spit me out."

"I'm not a seal," said Bruemmer, a retired Monterey Peninsula College professor. "It took me for a seal. We're not their food."

The 62-year-old was applauded by hospital workers as he left in a wheelchair, wearing a blue T-shirt emblazoned with the words: "Shark Attack Survivor."

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