Shark Bites SUP Off of Catalina Island

Sunday morning a 15-year-old girl was standup paddling off of Catalina Island [miles off of the California coast,] when her board was bitten several times by a shark. The girl was paddling about 200 yards offshore with a group of friends when her board was attacked. The teen and her group were reportedly paddling about a mile from Avalon when the incident occurred. L.A. County Fire Department is calling the attack “extremely rare,” although they are continuing to patrol the area. The type of shark has not yet been identified.

Dan Conway, who was on Catalina Island at the time of the incident, tweeted this photo and said: So...in the next cove over from us on Catalina Island this morning. A great white shark attack. http://pic.twitter.com/Bddyo3Be

Dan Conway, who was on Catalina Island at the time of the incident, tweeted this photo and said: So...in the next cove over from us on Catalina Island this morning. A great white shark attack. http://pic.twitter.com/Bddyo3Be

Of the 50 attacks that have been reported off the California coast in the last decade, only 4 have been fatal, reports the Shark Research Committee. Only one of those 50 shark attacks have taken place off of Catalina, which was in 2008 when a woman was kayaking and was ejected from her boat on the backside of the island.

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  • Scott Bryan

    I wonder if the shape of the stabilizer fin has anything to do with this attack. Perhaps if manufacturers used a fin shape that wasn’t so similar to real fish fins it wouldn’t prompt as many attacks.

  • Bob Moore

    Governor Jerry Brown outlawed shark fin soup in CA. Now no sharks are being killed, and we still overfish everything they eat, these sharks are going to get hungry. This isn’t rocket science. Hate to even say this but kinda scary. I think it’s worth at least discussion for the recreational water users of CA. This isn’t ancient Hawaii sharks, aren’t sacred, they’re big fish, they’re just beasts. If someone wants to eat them, how is it anyones business to say no? No thanks to self righteous social constructionist liberals who make sharks sacred. Side note: Nancy Pelosi made eating horse illegal too. God bless the girl was okay.

  • Todd

    Bob,
    Great White Sharks, which account for the majority of attacks, primarily feed on seals and sea lions. This has nothing to do with fish… I like the taste of shark. Last time I checked, it was not against the law to catch shark…. And most of the fins for soup came from the far east…

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