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Pacific Coast Shark News 2017

The following reports for 2017 are provided as a public service. They are intended to inform our visitors of current shark activities along the Pacific Coast of North America. To review Pacific Coast Shark News for 2003 click here, for 2004 click here, for 2005 click here, for 2006 news click here, for 2007 click here, for 2008 click here, for 2009 news click here, for 2010 news click here, for 2011 news click here, for 2012 news click here for 2013 click here for 2014 click here for 2015 click here and for 2016 click here .

 

NOTICE  — We have recently experienced some difficutly in reviewing Encounter Reports. For those that have observed a reduction in these accounts please know we have resolved the issue and will be more timely in our posting of these notices as they are received. Until further notice please use the Shark Attack form for all reports. I thank you for your understanding and patience and hope you will continue to send us your encounters, sightings, and observations.

 

NOTICE  —  SRC Guadalupe Island Expedition, November 28th – December 2nd 2017

The 2015 and 2016 Shark Research Committee Guadalupe Island Expedition's were an overwhelming success. The White Sharks encountered during these two expeditions ranged in size from 12 – 18 feet and provided excellent subjects for our Expedition Members to observe, photograph and film. Due to the tremendous response last year and the previous year, we have been asked to sponsor a third trip for 2017. Our host will again be Jimi Partington of Shark Diving Xperts and the superb crew of Islander Charters. If you would like to participate in the Shark Research Committee Guadalupe Expedition 2017 and require further information please email: sharkresearch@aol.com. Space is limited so make your reservation today. Don't miss this opportunity to dive with these magnificent Apex Predators; it will be a remarkable adventure that you will remember for a lifetime.

 

Huntington Beach   —   On February 22, 2017 Orange County Register journalist Lelan Connelly reported the following; "The species is illegal to catch, so when an angler unknowingly reeled a 500-pound, eight-foot-long Great White Shark onto the shore at Sunset Beach about 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, there was no choice but to get it back in the water.‘They didn't want to get bit, obviously,' said Huntington Beach Marine Safety Officer Michael Bartlett, who was patrolling the area and approached just as five men were pushing the shark back into the sea. This was the latest in a series of Great White incidents in recent weeks. A week ago a shark was hooked from the Huntington Beach Pier – but freed when the line broke. The area was put under a 24-hour advisory. There were no closures. While most fishermen catch perch and other small-shore fish from the beach, these anglers were going after bigger catch. In this area, near Warner Avenue bordering Bolsa Chica State Beach, there's a big trench in the water at the shoreline about eight feet deep. The anglers said they were looking for thresher sharks.” Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.

 

Del Mar   —   On February 21, 2017 Rich Campbell was surfing Del Mar Beach at the 8th Street Reef break. It was 10:15 AM and he had been on the water about 20 minutes. The sky was clear with a very light breeze and an estimated air temperature of 67 degrees Fahrenheit. The ocean was smooth with a light surface texture and waves 4 – 5 feet with a larger set from time to time. Water visibility was poor with an estimated temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit and a depth of about 10 feet. No marine mammals were observed in the area. Campbell reported;“I had just paddled out to the lineup, and was waiting for a set. While looking out to sea I saw a shark surface about 50 yards outside of surf zone. It rolled to expose its white belly then submerged. I immediately noticed the claspers, black back and white belly. I didn't see the mouth or tail, but shark appeared to be at least 3 feet wide and the portion of the body I saw was at least 8 feet long. I've been surfing over 30 years, and am 100 percent confident this was a White Shark.” Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.

 

Del Mar   —   On February 8, 2017 Eric Brye was surfing at 18th Street Beach in Del Mar. It was 1:50 PM and he had been on the water about 40 minutes. There was a heavy fog that limited visibility to about 100 yards and kept the air temperature at a mild 68 degrees Fahrenheit with a mild breeze. The ocean was calm with 2 – 3 foot surf at a estimated low tide of -1.2 feet and extremely poor water visibility of only 1 – 2 feet. The water was about 6 feet deep over a sandy ocean bottom with scattered kelps from a recent storm floating in the surf zone. No marine mammals were observed in the area. Brye reported;“I had paddled out to the outer break sandbar 3 or 4 times in the previous 40 minutes. On my last trip out I had just passed the outer break when I saw the fin break the surface approximately 50 feet away, Southwest of my position. The fin rose out of the water completely, showing the full height of 2 – 2.5 feet and a portion of the back in front and behind the dorsal fin as it slowly submerged. I observed the fin for about 5 seconds or so. The shark was traveling North, along the outer sandbar and did not seem to notice my presence. Due to poor water visibility I could not see the shark after the fin submerged, and promptly paddled smoothly in to shore. No whales, dolphins or seals were seen in the previous 40 minutes and no other surfers were visible. The fin was a dark grey, triangular in shape and 2 – 2.5 feet in height. It was slightly curved backwards at the tip and fairly straight down in the back, with ragged edges on the back. The shark was swimming just seaward of the outermost sandbar, South to North, approximately 50 feet from me. Fin rose out completely out of the water smoothly, exposing some of the shark's back then slowly submerged. The shark was not swimming towards me, I was ~30 feet inshore of its position, and it was swimming parallel to the shore.” Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.

 

San Onofre State Beach   —   On January 8, 2017 Mark Wolff was surfing Trail 1 at San Onofre State Beach. It was about 3:30 PM and he had been on the water 2 hours. Water and air temperatures were estimated at 58 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit respectively. The sky was clear with a few high scattered clouds with almost an undetectable breeze. The ocean was smooth and glassy with occasional 2 foot waves in sets of 2 over a bottom of sand and rock. Water visibility was 4 – 5 feet with the depth about 6 feet. Wolff reported;“I was sitting on outer edge of the surf break zone waiting for a wave when I observed slight turbulence on the water surface approximately 15 feet due seaward of my position. I occasionally saw approximately 1 – 2 inches of a dorsal fin above the water surface; approximately the same amount of caudal fin was also visible, but with less frequency. The distance between the dorsal and caudal fin was approximately 4 feet. Shark sightings are common here, so I sat calmly and watched, but sun glare on the water prevented me from seeing anything below the surface. The shark swam in slow, lazy circles beyond the break for several minutes. At one point the shark turned and swam slowly and directly toward me. As calmly as I could, I paddled toward the beach. When I reached a water depth of approximately 2 feet, I turned to look for the shark and briefly observed about 1 inch of dorsal fin approximately 15 feet Southwest of my original position. I continued to watch the water for several minutes, but did not see the shark again. I left the water a few minutes later. ” Please report any shark encounter, sighting, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.

 

On February 8, 2017 Amanda and Mitch Thrower of Events.com reported an injured pinniped on the beach at the Children's Pool in La Jolla. It was around 8:00 AM when it was observed and photographed. Amanda said the animal appeared to be alive though it was separated from the rest of the seals on the beach by some distance. It was not possible for her to determine whether the injury the animal had sustained would be life threatening to the animal. An attempt will be made to report this incident to local marine mammal rescue groups in hopes the animal can be rescued. Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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