Monday, June 02, 2008

Great white shark spotted by charter boat 2 miles off San Onofre State Beach

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.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can tell you right here and now, if Mickey Munoz was in command of the huge whale watching boat, that would've never happened. Dr. Ralph is a rookie, it slipped by him. He was unabable to seize the moment.

li'l hunk said...

Henry Ford worked Baywatch
when he was LA County Guard. He was given the lifeguard Medal of Valor, for his work when
SS Dominator ran agground in shark infested waters in Rancho Palos Verdes

la county da said...

He was also given 3 years with time off for good behavior.

Anonymous said...

Puttzle, is this the same Henry Ford in charge of coordinating San Onofre Club contest? Oh, I thought so.



#&*$

steve mcgarrett said...

"its my job to uncover the truth, wherever it lies, wherever it's buried".

Anonymous said...

McGarret, is Henry Ford guilty as charged. Yes or no?

steve mcgarrett said...

"hold it Danno, I want to book this one myself"

Anonymous said...

Why the ungodly obsession with sharks. There was an middle aged fellow swimming with pals in Solana Beach who was swallowed headfirst by a crazed GWS.



#35

Anonymous said...

#35, they never found the man-eater, he is still lurking out ther waiting for his next victim.

lewie o'doul said...

there have been two other attacks in North San Diego County that have been covered up by the politicians and media. The tourist trade was in jeopardy for the Memorial Day Weekend and summer vacation. Its the truth, check it out.

Anonymous said...

Hunk, Your full of crap!

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