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
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)
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(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."

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