Today, Thursday, September 1, around 9 a.m. a visiting Kentuckian reported spotting a dorsal fin slicing through the ocean off Sunset Cliffs, along the 1200 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. A guy near her checked it out with binoculars and followed the fin as it moved around offshore.
This resulted in a call to San Diego police officers who confirmed that they received a call reporting a dorsal fin spotted off the coast of Point Loma. The sighting was near popular surfing spots, but surfers hadn’t moved out of the water an hour later,reported. This despite the usual procedure for lifeguards to shut down a beach for one mile in either direction after a confirmation of a shark sighting. NBC reported:
Lifeguards were patrolling the area in a boat but haven’t confirmed if the area had been closed to surfers and swimmers.
Yet, more recent reports say this “sighting” was unconfirmed. According to the North County Times:
A 12-inch fin being spotted about 100 to 200 yards offshore from the 1200 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in the Point Loma-Ocean Beach area, San Diego police Officer Frank Cali said. That report turned out to be not credible and the unguarded stretch of beach remains open, Luque said.
Also, a partially eaten baby seal was found near the Ocean Beach Pier Wednesday evening, according to SignOnSanDiego today:
“… the body of a seal that looked like it had been bitten by a large animal was discovered in Ocean Beach Wednesday night. The partially-eaten carcass was pulled out of the water near Ocean Beach Pier about 9:30 p.m. by a fisherman, San Diego lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma said.
Lerma said it is presumed that the animal was killed by a shark. Juvenile sharks feed on fish but as they get older and bigger their prey will include marine mammals like harbor seals, sea lions and elephant seals.”
Here is the list of recent sightings of sharks, according to local news reports:
- June 9: A diver was attacked by a shark near Children’s Pool in La Jolla but he wasn’t injured. The attack happened as three divers were spear fishing. As the men were swimming back to shore, a shark bit one man in the calf, ripping his wet suit but not breaking the skin. He was bringing a small bass back with him, and the shark may have been trying to bite the fish.
- Aug. 16: San Diego Lifeguard Chief Rick Wurts said a kayaker reported seeing a shark Sunday morning while paddling about two miles off the coast of La Jolla Shores. Wurts said the kayaker reported the shark was about eight-to-10 feet long — as big or bigger than the kayak. Later Sunday afternoon, Wurts said several lifeguards at La Jolla Shores saw an 18- to 24-inch dorsal fin approaching the beach before it disappeared into the ocean.
- Aug. 25: Lifeguards closed a two-mile portion of Mission Beach after one lifeguard spotted what may have been a great white shark about 100 yards off shore.
- Aug. 26: A second shark sighting in two days shut down Mission Beach after a longtime surfer spotted a dorsal fin measuring about 14 inches.
- Aug. 31: Two boogie boarders were among those who reported a shark near the La Jolla Children’s Pool. A two-mile stretch from Hospital Point to Emerald Cove, including La Jolla Cove was closed. It has since re-opened.
This is a truly bad time for sharks to show up, just as the surf gets good. Damn!