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Posts Tagged ‘great white shark sighting’

Surfing a Shark: A Real “Fish Story” (Seaside, Oregon)

Posted by Jody on October 14, 2011

Here’s a different twist on the traditional “fish story,” and never mind how big he was. (Actually, the shark was “this big”. And, yes, he got away!)

“A surfer says he was knocked off his board by a shark off the Oregon Coast and he ended up standing on the 10-to-12-foot great white for several seconds before it swam off” according to an Associated Press article from OregonLive.   YIPES!   Now there’s a story he can tell his gradkids someday in the future, especially since he lived through the experience quite safe and whole.  No other fish story they hear will ever compare ^_^.

“… Niblack’s board hit something solid that felt like a rock, though he knew there were no rocks there. He kicked down with both feet, trying to stand up so he wouldn’t get thrashed by the next wave, and found himself standing knee-deep in water on the back of the shark.” (AP) Nothing fishy about this tale!  There was a witness.

White Shark (Attribution: Pterantula/Wikimedia Commons)

Needless to say, this story has no lack of coverage in the press at the moment (for the obvious reasons), so we’re not going to go into detail here, but the story is fascinating, and we thought it would be worthwhile to bring it to your attention!

“Seaside, Ore., surfer says he stood on shark”

“Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” -Mark Twain

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Great White Shark Sighting? Mission Beach (San Diego) Closes Again

Posted by Jody on August 26, 2011

Great White Shark (Photo by sharkdiver 69, from Wikimedia Commons)

You’ll want to check out the beach reports if you are planning on swimming or surfing at Mission Beach in San Diego, California over the weekend.  A two mile stretch of the beach was closed this morning, for the second time in 48 hours, due to the sighting of what is believed to be a great white shark (aka: white shark). Other San Diego area beaches remain open.  It is expected that Mission Beach will reopen Saturday morning. (August 27)

Click here for the original La Jolla Patch stories.

UPDATE 8/27/2011: Shark Safety Tips: “Stay safe this weekend by practicing common sense precautions like avoiding bright colors, scented lotions or products, eating foods in the water, or letting your guard down, according to safety officials who patrol the Mission Beach area.” Mission Valley News article

UPDATE 8/27/2011: LA Times story: “San Diego Beach reopened after two shark sightings in two days.”

UPDATE 9/1/2011: North County Times: “San Diego: Beach reopens following shark scare” (Casa Reef in La Jolla)

Shark Safety Tips posted 8/27/2011

Have a safe day at the beach! -J-

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Great White Shark Sighting & “Rip Current Season” On The Great Lakes

Posted by Jody on August 11, 2011

Be careful out there!

Great White Shark Sighting:  With almost no one in the water, the sand at Chatham Lighthouse Beach is standing room only!  Good luck finding a parking spot near the beach! Chatham Lighthouse Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Great White Shark (Photo by Terry Goss from Wikimedia Commons)

“Rip Current Season”, Traverse City, Michigan:  Rip current awareness for the “Third Coast” (The Great Lakes shoreline). Rip currents are not just an ocean danger.  Education is the key! Check out the NOAA, National Weather Service -Rip Current Safety- page which is loaded with information and a rip current safety video to help keep your time at the beach both safe and fun!

"Rip Current from Above" (The beach is seen at top right.) Photo: National Weather Service & NOAA, from Wikimedia Commons

NOAA: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Have a wonderful and safe day at the shore! -J-

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