What was said to be a young Great White shark took two bites on an outrigger canoe Sunday three miles off the Santa Barbara coast. The woman on board was sent into the ocean, but was not harmed.
Tara Burnley reported the incident to the Harbor Patrol on Leadbetter Beach. The outrigger was clearly chewed but she was unscathed.
Burnley said the shark was about six-feet long. It swam away after biting the outrigger giving her time to get back to shore.
Harbor Operations Director Mick Kronman says no warning signs will be posted because the attack was so far off the shore, or areas where most of the public takes part in recreation. “It didn’t warrant that,” he said.
“We really don’t see it as an immediate threat to the local public so we don’t post advisories for something like this,” said Kronman.