Shark Sighting at Ocean Beach (SF) on Sunday, May 9, 2010

Shark Sighting at Ocean Beach (SF) on Sunday, May 9, 2010

The following shark encounter report is courtesy of the Shark Research Committee.

On May 9, 2010, Brian Monroe was surfing Ocean Beach, San Francisco. It was about 5:00 PM under a breezy, partly cloudy sky. Air and water temperatures were estimated at 60 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. Monroe reported the following:

“I was surfing in about 1–3 surf in choppy conditions about 50–60 yards from shore. It was low tide. I saw this event start about 50–75 yards away laterally down the beach to the north of my location. I saw a large dark grey dorsal fin, 18–24 inches high, and splashing directly next to a Grey Whale ( Eschrichtius robustus) that had its back elevated out of the water. I quickly paddled to shore and observed what appeared to be two whales, one large and one small, being repeatedly pursued by a large dark grey dorsal fin traveling along the surface. The shark appeared to be acting in an aggressive manner. About 5–7 minutes after the initial sighting, I observed a pod of three Dolphins in the immediate area with smaller 6–10 inch dorsal fins. After about 10 minutes I no longer observed the large dorsal fin, but continued to see the whale(s) moving along the coast northern direction, blowing air out their blow holes. Whether this was an attack on the whale calf or there was a school of fish that they were all going after I don’t know, but this was witnessed by multiple people in the area.”

Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.

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