Great White Shark Spotted Among San Diego Surfers?

Tourists hope for a picture as surfers brave the waves

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 2, 2011 9:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Last week's shark sighting in San Diego wasn't an isolated occurrence: There have been three confirmed sightings in the past week, and CBS 8 has a pretty insane picture that, at least one expert confirms, shows a shark swimming in the waves alongside surfers. A lifeguard, on the other hand, thinks the photo, taken Wednesday, is probably just another surfer, but the shark expert says it looks like a 10- to 12-foot-long great white. (As far as your friendly neighborhood Newser editors are concerned, it just looks scary. Check it out here.)

The most recent confirmed sighting (this time of a 12-inch great white dorsal fin) occurred Wednesday, leading to the closure of a two-mile stretch of coastline that was reopened yesterday. Also Wednesday, fishermen found a dead baby seal with what looked like bite marks from "something ... with big teeth." The rash of sightings has led quite a few gawkers to the beach, hoping for a picture, the Los Angeles Times reports. And, thanks to the huge waves currently pounding the coast, many surfers are still braving the water. Says one, "If there was a shark, it's long gone by now. No way it's staying around for those waves."

Klint Menzies, right, leaves the water along with Tawn Menzies, left, and Miller Moninee, center, all of San Diego, after a shark sighting Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A red flag placed by lifeguards closing access to the water flies above Mission Beach after a shark sighting Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A lifeguard boat looks for a shark in waters off Mission Beach after a shark sighting Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Lifeguard Amber Prestagard passes a sign alerting beach goers to a shark sighting at Mission Beach Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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