Friday, April 25, 2008

Suspected Great White Shark Attack (San Diego)

CNN is reporting the tragic news of a likely great white shark attack that resulted in the death of a 66-year old man.

A 66-year-old man died early Friday after being attacked by what authorities suspect was a great white shark off the southern California coast. Dave Martin, a retired veterinarian, was pronounced dead shortly after the incident, which occurred about 7 a.m. (10 a.m. ET) at Solana Beach, California. Martin was in a group of nine swimmers "when he was bitten across both thighs by what is believed to be a great white shark," according to a statement issued by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. "Some of the other swimmers looked back to see the victim up out of the water flailing, and (he) was pulled back under the water. He came up screaming and was helped to shore by four of the swimmers."

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Mikey said...

This was certainly a tragedy and our condolences go out to the family.

Our plans to dive Pt Loma today [25 miles South] were not affected however, but we were careful to not remain on the surface splashing around for too long.

Safe diving, everyone....


TwoTank said...

Mikey - How ironic that you commented about shark diving in San Diego only a few days ago in the April 18th post. So sad.

When I'm diving waters where sharks are likely to be, I always feel more comfortable at depth because at least I can see everything within a 180 degree radius, but I always get a little freaked out about what might be swimming up behind me. I need side view mirrors.

Hugs and Fishes,
Jenny Mo

Mikey said...

I think you can take comfort in two pretty well established facts:

1) Shark attacks are extremely rare...

2) And, most of them tend to target surfers and swimmers, as we have seen, unfortunately....I believe we are much safer down below, rather than thrashing about on the surface.

Thirdly, fear of sharks is normal and natural.

All we can do is follow good, common sense and trust our instincts--right? :)