Fatal shark attack off California coast

Officials are trying to identify the type of shark that killed a 19-year-old bodyboarder at Surf Beach off the Central California Coast. It is the 12th fatal shark attack confirmed off California waters since 1950.

I’ve swum in the ocean my entire life and never thought much about a shark attack until “Jaws.” A fatal shark attack at Solana Beach two years ago got our attention because we swim there every year in the summer. There are no sharks in Lake Tahoe, we remind our son, adding that the risk of an attack when he swims in the ocean are very, very slim. We’ve been to Australia, and many of the beaches still have “shark nets,” supposedly to protect you.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “Fatal shark attack off California coast”

  1. My condolences go out to my fellow ocean lover family & friends.

    Being a lifelong surfer, this is a nightmare no one wants to experience.

    We all need to remember that the shark was living life as usual in its own natural habitat, there was nothing malicious about the attack.

  2. Bob,
    Well said. We do discuss “her” in our family. It’s a segway into “Nessie,” the subject of my seventh grade report in Social Science.

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