SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) – A two-mile stretch of coastline at Casa Reef in La Jolla was reopened Thursday, following the third confirmed shark sighting along San Diego’s coastline in a week.
The coastline at Casa Reef was shut down, after several people spotted a 12-inch dorsal fin around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Children’s Pool, where a colony of seals live. Just hours later, a group of fishermen discovered a dead baby seal off the Ocean Beach pier with apparent bite marks.
“The only thing that would have done that is something really with big teeth,” said fisherman Jeff O’Connor. “And we figured it’s a shark. And it sure looks like a shark bite.”
The closure at Casa Reef was lifted just before 10 a.m. Thursday because lifeguards, patrolling the area since the early morning, found no evidence of a shark, according to San Diego fire-rescue spokesman Maurice Luque.
In addition to the shark sighting Wednesday in the La Jolla area, another shark was spotted further north in Encinitas and was documented in a picture taken by a News 8 viewer. After receiving the photo taken at Swamis beach, News 8 spoke with a local shark expert who confirmed that the shark in the photo is a 10 to 12 foot great white.
Meanwhile, reports Thursday morning of a 12-inch fin sighting 100 to 200 yards offshore from the 1200 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in the Point Loma-Ocean Beach area turned out to be not credible.
A two-mile stretch off Mission Beach was closed last week, after a lifeguard spotted an 18-inch dorsal fin on Thursday. The same area was closed again Friday when a surfer reported seeing a 14-inch fin.
Shark Week might be over for the rest of the country, but not for SoCal. Couple things about CBS8, thanks for putting a gigantic watermark over the big high res image so nobody else can use, effers. Another thing, thanks for the red circles up there…ya, jackwagons. Now, on to the shark…LobShots has been all over this San Diego shark business since day one. Even giving real time reports from insider sources. Now, I’ve learned my damn lesson with “viewer email” photos of sharks. I was heart broken to find out that the Puerto Rico street shark was a fake. That being said, this could totally be a photoshop job, some clown just feeding the frenzy of shark sightings. I’ve seen some of the comment boards about this shark spotting, and although photoshop is certainly a logical explanation…I would love to punch some of these morons in the neck that think that’s a person, “Ridiculous! Of course it is not a shark! It is just a duck dive. there might be some sharks not too far but this one for sure is a surfer.” And they attached this picture, explaining to the masses what a freaking duck dive is:
“TV news just reported that Lifeguards are like 99% sure that is just a guy in fins and a wetsuit duck diving. The surfers around this “shark” said they did not see animal (shark or dolphin)” There is no way in hell that is a duck-diving surfer. Not a chance. If that is human… that’s means you believe this guy was out swimming at Swamis yesterday.
You’re favorite lovable misunderstood dolphin “born with an abnormally large and backwards dorsal fin that is so jacked up that it carries a bizarre discoloration, and completely different skyline” is back! This time, he hit up Swamis with a new plan… he has been so depressed about the fear that his gigantic dorsal fin has brought upon San Diego, he wanted to bring the attention away from his poor dorsal fin…so wore a giant prosthetic tail and went for a little surf. Yep, his is the one in the middle…
I know what you’re thinking…why would Terry do that? Here’s why…he went with the ole “can’t beat ’em…join ’em” theory. If everybody thinks he’s a scary shark anyway, might as well have a little fun with it, right? Remember kids, Terry is just a lovable dolphin with some abnormalities…when you see him… swim TOWARD him. He’ll love you for it.
Total aside: those fake dolphin tails are real. Here’s a story about how they were used in Japan for a dolphin that had it’s tail amputated due to a skin disease or something. Pic below. Crazy.