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Expert Says Shark Attacks Rare, Despite Marina Incident
Great Whites Known To Live In Central Coast Waters
POSTED: 4:43 pm PDT August 28, 2007
UPDATED: 7:52 am PDT August 29, 2007
MARINA, Calif. -- Experts say humans aren't a shark's preferred prey, but the chances of running into an animal such as a great white get higher in fall and early winter.On Tuesday, a surfer was in critical condition after a shark attack at a beach in Marina. It was unknown what kind of shark bit the surfer.Sharks often frequent the waters off the Central Coast. They hang out in water where seals migrate, like Ano Nuevo.
whites are curious animals and it seems more likely bites are just
their way of figuring out what a surfer in a wetsuit really is," said
Sean Van Sommeran of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation.Van
Sommeran said shark attacks are a periodic unfortunate event, much like
a wildlife park that has a bear attack, but that they are very rare.Despite
the shark attack in Marina, state beaches were filled with beachgoers
on Tuesday. With Labor Day just around the corner, state park life
guards said it's going to be business as usually at Santa Cruz County
state park beaches.Dan Perry, a state park peace officer and
lifeguard, said authorities will stick with normal operations, where
vehicle guards and tower guards would be watching the waters for signs
of sharks.Perry said they would shut down the beaches only if there's a confirmed shark sighting.
- August 28, 2007: Shark Attacks Surfer Along Central Coast
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