Great White Off Oregon; Sharks Close NoCa Beaches

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 11th, 2009

Biologists at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Oregon have confirmed a great white shark (pictured) was caught by fishermen aboard a ship out of Depoe Bay, over the weekend, according to KTVB.

A shark spotted at California’s Seacliff State Beach August 11, feeding on a dolphin, has prompted State Parks officials to close the beach and nearby New Brighton for the next seven days, according to the San Jose Mercury News. State Parks rangers said they could not confirm what type of shark was sighted nor whether the shark had killed the cetacean or if the shark found the dead animal.

Now comes word that San Francisco area’s popular Stinson Beach on the Pacific Ocean was closed Tuesday, August 11, after a pair of shark sightings, officials said. The beach will be mostly off-limits at least until Friday, August 14th, though it wasn’t clear what species of shark had been spotted 100-200 yards offshore independently by two people on Monday, the Marin Independent Journal reported.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

3 Responses to “Great White Off Oregon; Sharks Close NoCa Beaches”

  1. ctinn responds:

    Yes. There are sharks. BECA– USE. IT’S. THE. OCEAN! The sharks are always there, whether you see them or not. People panicking and closing beaches and issuing news conferences, is what causes the fear of these animals. If you have ever been in the ocean, you have been somewhat near a shark. If you are reading this, it didn’t eat you. People who go in the ocean on a daily basis can tell you they are there. And as with most animals, if you take a few safety precautions, you will be safe. It is stories like these that cause people to call for the killing of sharks, and any other animal they know little about. I’m not saying not to warn people, it just doesn’t need to be a full scale media frenzy.

  2. SOCALcryptid responds:

    It is sad to see this male great white shark dead. This species is protected here in California. I think Oregon should do the same since these sharks frequent the pacific coast.
    Good thing this shark was not a sexually mature female. These sharks do not mature sexually until they get over fourteen feet in length. This takes many years.
    What a magnificent creature…

  3. whiteriverfisherman responds:

    I agree with Ctinn, I lived on the Oregon Coast for years. The sharks have always been there. Why make a big deal out of it now?

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