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Great White Shark Spotted off Southern California Coast

Santa Barbara Waterfront Department(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) -- While Shark Week plays on the Discovery Channel, the California city of Santa Barbara may be having its very own Great White Shark Week.

Officials said an experienced young surfer off the coast of Leadbetter Point spotted what may have been a great white within feet of where he was in the water Tuesday evening.

“All the details from his sighting were enough for me to decide this was a credible one,” said Harbor Operations Manager Mick Kronman.

It was reported that the shark’s dorsal fin and tail fin were both out of the water when spotted.

The reported color, girth and six- to seven-foot spread between the shark’s fins lead officials to believe it was a great white.

The city’s Waterfront and Parks and Recreation departments have taken necessary precautions by posting warning signs at 14 locations near city beaches, and one on each of five lifeguard towers between Leadbetter Point and East Beach.

“When there is a sighting, we post the beach for 72 hours stating that people can swim at their own risk,” said Waterfront Facilities Manager Karl Treiberg.

If there are no other sightings or evidence of shark attacks on marine life, the signs will be removed by the end of the week.

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According to officials, there have been three attacks by sharks on marine life in nearby waters since April 27.

“Two of the attacks took place in Santa Barbara waters ending in the death of two sea lions, and a third attack on a harbor seal in Carpenteria left the mammal injured but still alive,” said Kronman.

Sharks rarely attack human beings.  Officials said the beaches would be completely shut down in the event of a shark attack on a person.

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Massachusetts Shark Sends Kayaker Running ‘Like a Little Child’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CAPE COD, Mass.) -- Walter Szulc will likely never forget the first time he went kayaking thanks to the great white shark that appeared directly behind him, trailing his kayak.

He was kayaking 100-150 yards off the waters of Cape Cod, Mass., on Saturday when hundreds of beachgoers saw the shark’s dorsal fin about 10 feet behind him.  People began to point in Szulc’s direction while yelling “shark.”

A nearby surfer watched in horror as the 12-to-14 foot great white approached.  Szulc credits that surfer for saving his life because he was the first person to point out the shark.

“I looked back and that’s when the shark was right behind me,” Szulc said.

More than 3,000 swimmers at Nauset Beach were asked to get out of the water when the shark was sighted.

“Everyone was very relaxed and the shark put on quite a show moving back and forth out in front of the beach, but it was done in a very orderly fashion,” Harbormaster Dawson Farber said.

It was the third great white sighting in Cape Cod in the past couple of weeks.  The sharks are drawn to the area because of a huge spike in the seal population. Seals are essentially shark bait.

Author Jonathan Kathrein, who survived a shark attack, said the fear of sharks is overrated.

“The reality is sharks aren’t trying to eat people and statistically in almost every shark attack, the person who’s attacked survives,” Kathrein said.

Szulc credits his own survival to instinct.

“I just reacted.  I thought it was either it or I’m getting in so I just paddled like no tomorrow,” he said.  “I kind of ran out of the water like a little child.”

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Surfers Warned After Shark Attack DIEGO, CALIF) -- Surfers are being cautioned that shark sightings and attacks are on the rise up and down the California coast after a second sighting this week follows an attack that nearly claimed a young man’s life.

For the second time in less than a week a shark was seen in the Pacific waters -- this time at Beacon’s Beach in Leucadia, Calif., just north of San Diego -- where a surfer spotted a shark looping around him before disappearing.

“I’m shaken up about it you know it did a couple circles around me, was checking me out...I’m not too comfortable about that,” surfer Brent Manion said. “Luckily, I wasn’t as far out as I could have been and was able to get out of the water quick.”

The shark, almost ten feet long, forced lifeguards to advise people to keep out of the water.
Encinitas lifeguards told ABC News San Diego affiliate that they believe the sighting was credible based on Manion’s description of the shark.

“He saw the shape of the nose, a dorsal fin and a straight up-and-down tail fin,” said Encinitas lifeguards Sgt. Dave Brown. Crews evacuated the area immediately and advised surfers to avoid the area.

John McCosker, Chair of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences says this is to be expected in this season.

“This is the peak time of the year for white shark attacks on seal, sea lions, and surfers. The white sharks are here,” McCosker told ABC News.

Manion’s sighting comes just days after another surfer was released from the hospital narrowly surviving a Great White attack.

Eric Tarantino was about 150 yards from shore on his surfboard when the shark came out of nowhere, chompin his board, and biting the surfer in the arm and neck. Injured and bleeding, he was able to paddle to shore and out of harm’s way.

The Great White that approached Tarantino took a 19 inch-wide gash out of his board; it missed the main carotid artery in his neck by just two millimeters.

“I just feel really lucky and grateful right now,” Tarantino told ABC News. “I just want to thank everyone who supported me, all my friends on the beach. The paramedics especially who helped me, the ambulance they did a great job -- also, obviously everyone at the hospital.”

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