LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Santa Barbara shark 2012 scare is prompting new August summer warnings for swimmers. Sharks have been spotted off Southern California’s coast, prompting new concerns for residents.
Leadbetter Point swimmers reported a six foot long shark yesterday, officials tell news. The Shark appeared visible to surfers shortly after 5:20 p.m. Days earlier, a seal was reported bitten by a shark.
Officials are confirming to news that both incidents involved great white sharks. Officials have yet to determine if the same shark is to blame for both sightings. The news ironically comes as the movie Jaws debuts on Blue Ray this week.
In January, LALATE reported news of a purported white shark near Imperial Beach. One surfer was able to shoot pictures of the large dorsal fin. Investigators later confirmed that the spotting was accurate, concluding that the animal was a sixteen to eighteen foot long great white shark.
Officials tell news that warnings are in place across Southern California beaches today. But no beaches are currently closed.