Friday, May 01, 2009

Response to reported shark incidents: 'Yes, they're out there'

The Orange County Register
By FRED SWEGLES

The vibe in the water at San Onofre is returning to normal, after a sequence of reported shark encounters last weekend stirred up some surfers.

While word continues to circulate around the Internet, people continue to ride waves along the 51/2-mile length of San Onofre State Beach, and an annual pro surf contest goes on as it always has.

"Sharks are out there every day," reasons Terry Murphy, lifeguard supervisor. "They can travel many, many miles every day. They could be in Dana Point – actually, maybe in Huntington Beach by now. That's their backyard. We are basically the visitor."

In one report, a Great White said to be 6 to 8 feet long "breached completely out of the water" near some surfers at San Onofre's surf break known as Dogpatch. Lifeguards used bullhorns to encourage caution.

In another report, later that morning, a surfer at Dogpatch bumped what he thought to be a shark. In a third report, a mile south of there at Trail 6, maybe an hour later, a surfer ignored a lifeguard's warnings, soon found himself the only surfer in the lineup and spotted a large dorsal fin.

These reports surfaced at www.surfline.com and at www.sharkresearchcommittee.com .

The surfer in the bumping incident, identified as Drew Senner, is quoted as saying "it didn't seen aggressive, more like it was bumping against me to check me out, or perhaps we just crossed paths."

The surfer at Trail 6 gave a more chilling account, estimating the shark to be 10 to 12 feet long and saying it was headed in his general direction, the last he saw of it.

"When I got to the beach," Ryan Warrick is quoted as saying, "all the other surfers were lining the beach telling me how crazy I was for staying out. AI asked them to fill me in on the rest of what the lifeguard was saying, and apparently a 10-foot Great White Shark had been sighted a mile up the beach to the north, where it possibly bumped a surfer.

"They also told me that for some reason, right before I paddled in, that the dolphins started circling around me in that specific spot. That really freaked me, because I've heard of dolphins chasing sharks away from people before."

Murphy says lifeguards spoke with the witnesses at Dogpatch and were convinced the reports were credible. He hadn't heard of the Trail 6 sighting.

"We usually put up a little advisory for a few days that there have been shark sightings in the area," Murphy says, adding that he knows of no subsequent reports this week.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Reports from anyone named Murphy are suspect.

Anonymous said...

Well, Mr.Swegles is aware you will not sell papers reporting about the strange going ons at
Trail 6. Next thing he'll have a piece about gooing into the movie show yelling, "Fire!" That'll sell.

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BEWARE! said...

Look. We all know how many people have been killed and eaten by sharks in the greater San Onofre area. We also know how the State and the club have been covering this up for years. Seems that anyone who comes forward disappears. The last to speak up was gate guard Don. Next day his lifeless body washes in. You do the math!

Anonymous said...

fred is a fag

AMPUTEE said...

Why didn't I read Fred's shark article before it was too late.

confused said...

Things appear topsy-turvy to me again. Last week I was at the municipal plunge. Somehow a shark swam its way through the drain. It headed directly toward me.

DENNIS BOURG said...

YOUR THE MAN fOR STIKKING UP FOR US LONGBOARDERS!!!!!!tHX FROM MY HEART BRO!!!!...... oFF TO WORK.....the kid

Anonymous said...

Kit n' Bro,people over 40 who surf look silly in the water.

surfer joe said...

wow sharks are cool man they eat people

RABBI KLAPPER said...

You bet, Surfer Joe, especialy when they gobble you up head first. After they digest your remains they swim to the point then crapp you forever on the ocean's floor. No paddle-out necessary.

Anonymous said...

That's why you're the Rabbi!

mr. bong Trail 6 said...

Bros, I'm heading for Trail 6 after work for the free bong hits YOWZAH!

Whats the tide doing? said...

You work, Bong?

I'll look for you old truck with the crummpled Coors cans in the back and barking dog with a red bandana. Time to remove that KMET bumper sticker.

Anonymous said...

KMET 94.7 A ltttle bit of heaven. Frazier Smith, Al Ramirez, and Rodney.

I. Witness said...

I saw Murphy tempt fate this morning by actually going surfing at the sand bar. I thought he quit?

AMPUTEE said...

WEEKEND UPDATE ADVISORY
Avoid at all cost surfing at San Onofre State Beach. http://www.biotechsharkresearch.com infrared scanning device has pinpointed a massive school of great whites in the vicinity of
Old Man's. Lifeguard service has been withdrawn pending furter notice. Thank you.

Man human said...

We are men. We are the king of animals. We can kick any sharks ass. Don't be a woos. Be a man. Kick shark ass. YEA!

OGRE said...

Man Human, speak for yourself. I don't want to be shaek schitt deposited at the point.

Anonymous said...

This bunch looks as though they'd go to Joe Jost's in Long Beach. How do I get there from Oceanside? Thanks in advance.

you smell like shark bait said...

Sharks don't bother the point because as tubesteak says "there is no point", so don't surf there.

el tubulator said...

Shark Bait, I think you may be correct. Tubesteak apologizes. He was mistaken. After viewing outer space sateallite photos he said, "Yes there is a major point at San Onofre. He recalls back in earlier days it was refered to as Kamakazi Point.H regrets any, and all, inconvenainces he may have caused.

Anonymous said...

No there ain't. There ain't no point at San Onofre. Look 'er up. There ain' no sharks neither.

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you smell like shark bait said...

Not only is tubesteak a major legend, he's also a standup guy! (and I DON'T mean standup as in paddle)

EX LEGEND said...

'Shark Bait', knd words are always welcome here, however, Tubes is no longer a Legend, no sir, he is now an ICON.

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