Saturday, April 26, 2008

UPDATE: Several Beaches Still Closed After Shark Attack

A number of Beaches in San Diego's North County remain closed following Friday's fatal shark attack on a local triathlete.

David Martin, 66, of Solana Beach, was killed early Friday morning when he was bitten in both legs by what authorities believe may have been a great white shark. Several people on the scene who were swimming with Martin at the time helped bring the former veterinarian into shore, but he was likely already dead. Although autopsy details have not been released, reports say Martin likely bled to death before reaching the shore.

Great white shark attacks are extremely rare in Southern California waters. Although there is a substantial seal population in the La Jolla area, there has not been a confirmed great white attack in the San Diego area in some 50 years.
Sharks are very minimal in the water off Southern California, though female great white sharks can move south from their usual territory in the cooler waters of the central and northern coast to pup. Experts say the shark that attacked Martin could have been anywhere from 12 to 17 feet long.

Beaches were ordered closed until at least Monday morning from Torrey Pines State Beach to south Carlsbad.
Authorities said that while warning signs are posted, no one will reportedly be arrested if they dare to enter the water.

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