2008-04-25

Sharks in Solana Beach


This happened this morning about a kilometer from the beach below our condo. You can read the article here or watch the video here.

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. - A shark attacked and killed a swimmer Friday morning who was training in the ocean off San Diego County with a group of local triathletes, authorities said. The shark was believed to be a great white.

A 66-year-old man was swimming with others at Tide Beach around 7 a.m. when he was attacked, according to a statement on the Solana Beach city Web site.

The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was taken to the Fletcher Cove Park lifeguard station north of San Diego for emergency treatment but was pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said.

I didn't even know there were sharks anywhere near San Diego. Turns out it's the first such attack in the immediate area since 1956. This will really help drive up property values.

2 Comments:

Blogger Courtney said...

I just read about this. Very shocking and sad.

25.4.08  
Anonymous alisa in Los Angeles said...

pretty scary...they are now saying that they think it was a 12-17" great white. the say a great white, because it came from below and pushed the poor man out of the water. He was a retired vet, in his late sixties. The last shark attack in San Diego was something like 1954. Fluke...but they were swimming in wetsuits and the shark probably thought it was a seal, then let go because it didn't taste good. So sad. There are great whites out in the pacific, i'm sure they come in once in a while searching for food - i know there are many that are near the channel islands and then up by SF...glad I stopped surfing.

26.4.08  

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