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Rare Shark Attack off Catalina Island

L.A. County Fire Department is watching the coast closely following a shark biting a teenager's paddle board.

A rare shark attack has prompted officials to warn visitors to Santa Catalina Island to be on guard for sharks in the area.

The LA County Fire Department is patrolling the Catalina coast today following a sharK attack in which a shark repeatedly bit a teenage girl's paddleboard. Experts told TV news, however, that the bite marks indicate the shark was probably sampling what the board was, because had it wanted to, the yellow board would have been severed in half.

The 15-year-old girl had a close encounter with a shark while paddleboarding off the coast of Santa Catalina Island this weekend, but her board was the only casualty. The girl was with other paddleboarders some 200 yards from shore in a remote area of the island about a mile from the Avalon area when a shark bit
her paddleboard several times Sunday morning.

The girl was not injured, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department statement. After the attack, the county fire department began spreading the word to everyone who uses the water to use extreme caution around Santa Catalina Island

The shark encounter is an extremely rare occurrence, the Fire Department statement said.  But the department says it will be patrolling the area with lifeguard rescue boats to keep watch for other sharks.

--City News Service

kristen ewan May 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Was it the docile basking shark caught on video 7 miles from long beach? Could it have the same shark they are claiming is usually harmless to humans?
Joey mulvey February 01, 2013 at 08:14 AM
Trust me they are there. All around. They just rarely show themselves.

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