Shark Takes Bite Out of California Surfer’s Board at Morro Strand State Beach

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

California surfer escapes injury after shark bites her board.

Elinor Dempsey, 54, said she was surfing at Morro Strand state beach, just north of Morro Bay, at about 10am when a shark swam under her board and bit it, leaving a35cm-wide bite mark. And she was yelling and the shark went under and swam away.” Experts will analyze the bite mark and teeth pattern to determine the size of the shark.

Dempsey told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that she was shaken by her close encounter with the shark and might take a break from surfing. “I’ll be staying close in from now on,” she said. “I’ll probably be on my boogie board for a little while.” Ralph Collier, a shark researcher at the Los Angeles-based Shark Research Committee who will examine the board, said the bite “might only be 30 percent of the actual jaw. Collier added that great white sharks have been protected in California for 15 years, which has led to a population boost – and therefore more encounters with humans.

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