The Shark Research Committee has posted the following account of an encounter with an extremely large animal, most likely a Great White Shark (deduced from available evidence – what else would be that size, with that girth?)
On August 26, 2008 Karri Lewis reported the following; “My husband, Jim Lewis, and his friend were swimming (training for a triathlon) this morning at about 7:45 AM when they saw something really large and dark swimming under them. My husband said it was probably 15 feet long and a foot and a half to 2 feet wide. The friend saw it and a surfer who jumped on top of his board saw it and yelled, ‘What was that?’ Jim and his friend swam quickly back to shore. They were not positive of what it was.”
Bolsa Chica State Beach is a popular place for surf fishing for perch, corbina, croaker, cabezon and sand shark. Also popular is in the summer is bare-handed fishing for California grunion, a species that only spawns on sandy southern California beaches. The Park is located in Huntington Beach and extends three miles from Sunset Beach to Seapoint Avenue. A bike-way connects it with Huntington State Beach, seven miles south. Wildlife and bird watching are popular. Across the road from the beach is the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, operated by the California Department of Fish and Game.
Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to either The Shark Research Committee or The Fear Beneath.