Two Great White Shark Sightings in Ocean Beach

stinsonoceanbeach 300x175 Two Great White Shark Sightings in Ocean BeachA pair of Great White Shark sightings in the Ocean Beach area begs the question: is there a Great White Shark or hunting group of Great White Sharks that are patrolling the beaches at the mouth of San Francisco Bay?

Ocean Beach is right across the bay from Stinson Beach, which was closed down for the Labor Day weekend. Both of these beaches lie within the area of the infamous Red Triangle and barely a stone’s throw from the Farallon Islands, a popular pinniped rookery and therefore feeding ground for the Great White Shark.

OCEAN BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO

On August 29, 2008 Peter Maris was surfing at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, a little South of Sloat Avenue at 8:30 AM.

Maris reported the following; “There was a dense fog with the air temperature in the low 60’s Fahrenheit and water temperature in the high 50’s Fahrenheit. The surf was chest to head high. I had just caught a wave and was in the process of paddling back out when I spotted a large dorsal fin of a shark approximately 40 yards from my position and 100 yards off shore. I would estimate the height of the fin at about 3 feet with a dark gray color. I saw a bit of the shark’s back and the color was also dark gray. The shark was cruising from the South to the North just beyond the impact zone. It is hard to estimate the shark’s length but my sense was that it was 10+ feet in length.”

srclogo 300x130 Two Great White Shark Sightings in Ocean Beach

OCEAN BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO

On August 27, 2008 Hunter Claxton was surfing at Ocean Beach at approximately 5 PM.

He reported the following; “I paddled out at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, at around 4 PM with a friend. Both of us were on stand-up paddle boards. I was on a 9’3″ board with a carbon paddle. After about an hour I was 20 yards or so outside the line-up just paddling around as I watched a group of porpoises further South that seemed to be feeding on a large grouping of fish. I glanced down into the water and saw a large shark approximately 10+ feet in length pass under my board at a depth of about five feet. The shark was swimming South towards the porpoises and fish. It came to the surface 30 yards past me and I saw the dorsal fin, which was 2 – 3 feet high, and most of the back coming out of water. The shark was dark gray in color on top and appeared from its shape and size to be a Great White Shark. I almost immediately headed back to shore and let the few surfers in my vicinity know what I had seen. My buddy was a few hundred yards south of me but did not see the shark.”

Source: The Shark Research Committee

Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to either The Shark Research Committee or The Fear Beneath.

  • person

    well..i do belive that because i went to ocean `beach and saw something about 60 feet away from me.the shark leaped out of the water!it was amazing yet scary!

  • Dave R.

    Me and two other guys were surfing Ocean Beach this evening around 5:30 when a pod of Porpoise appeared about 100 yards offshore and a large sea lion all traveling at high rate of speed. About ten minutes later the 3 of us spotted a large triangular fin and a huge grey back in the same vicinity near Seal Rock in front of the cliff house. We immediatly got out of the water and scanned the surf to sight it again. We did not see it again and did not surf any longer. It was chilly, windy, choppy, and foggy. A perfect time to call it a day.

  • Scratter

    I live in SF.

    Yesterday morning I was taking a shower before work and I was attacked by a great white shark. I was able to fend him off with my bottle of Pantene but do not know if I will ever be able to shower again. It was one hell of a scary experience and I am lucky to be alive. It is amazing where you will find GWs these days. I was interviewed by Ralph over at the Shark Research Committee who told me it was the most amazing story he ever heard. Be careful. Be very careful. Do not take anything for granted because GWs may lurk anywhere.

  • JD

    Wow! I would have loved to have seen that!
    While it has only been suspected, Great Whites have been recently proven to enter the Bay! Five tagged sharks from a study transmitted within the confines of the Bay (http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Sharks-discovered-entering-Bay-94716864.html).
    It is thought that the juvenile sharks rather than the adults may venture into the Bay, but it sounds like you may have encountered a fully-grown adult! That must have been incredible!!! With so many entering our waters in the late summer through fall to predate on the mating seal colony off our coast, it does makes sense that there are occasional visits inside the Bay. And while the town next to Paradise Cove, Tiburon, literally means shark and was supposedly named as such for the local leopard sharks, who knows if the Indians and the Spanish settlers back then saw Great Whites in the cove.
    With such things as greater protection off of our Coast, overfishing generally depleting some of their food supply and recent rapidly changing water temperature/currents, I would not be surprised if we have a lot more unusual sightings. Perhaps this is what is going on?
    Any other SF Bay GWS sightings out there?

    • Classmc

      Come on, you don’t really believe that truck load of bull about Paradise Cay? Paradise Cove is actually in L.A. .. So believable in all caps too…

  • MARSHAJOHNSON1151

    TWO WEEKS AGO I WAS FISHING IN SAN FRANCSCO BAY, BY PARADISE COVE, AND A GREAT WHITE PASSED OUR 24FT BOAT AND HE WAS BIGER THAN THE BOAT. IT FREAKED ME OUT BECAUSE ALL THE YEARS FISHING IN THE BAY, 50 YEARS HAVE NEVER SEEN A GREAT WHITE. WONT EVER GO BACK WHAT IS GOING ON. THIS WAS THE FIRST WEEK OF AUG. 2010

    • Davissp14

       I hope you turned to your buddy and said, “We’re going to need a bigger boat”.

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