DANA POINT (XP) A great white shark was spotted two miles offshore near San Onofre State Beach today by a whale watching charter boat.
Captain Dr. Ralph said the shark, about 15-foot long, was cruising alongside the Ocean Adventure catamaran at about 2:30 p.m. when it caught his eye. A marine biologist on board also saw the shark, but by the time Dr. Ralph tried to swing the boat around for spectators to get a look, it was gone.
“It all happened within a few seconds,” he said. “We watched him swim behind us through the prop wash, he didn’t come back to the surface,” Steffen said.
The charter boat waited around for about 10 minutes to see if the shark would come back, but with no luck.
“He was big. I do a lot of surfing, free diving and fishing myself, so I’m in the same water as that guy,” he said of the shark.
The sighting comes after a man was killed by a great white in April in Solano Beach in San Diego County just 30 miles south of Orange County. The 66-year-old was swimming with a group of people just 150 yards off shore while training for a triathlon when the shark attacked.
There have also been a number of Orange County sightings, with one surfer claiming his board was chomped on by a great white in Huntington Beach. An expert from the Shark Research Committee agreed.