Great white shark closes Santa Barbara beach

June 9, 2014

sharkSanta Barbara Harbor Patrol closed a popular beach Sunday after several beachgoers reported seeing a great white shark. [KEYT]

At least seven people told harbor patrol officers that they saw a great white shark swimming close to shore off Leadbetter Beach. Witnesses said the shark was 8 to 10 feet long, and it was chasing a sea lion inside swim buoys.

Officers closed the beach after interviewing a local surfer and a fisherman.

“There are a series of questions we go through and ask,” said Harbor Patrol Officer Ryan Kelly. “One of the things that they described which deemed it as more credible is describing the fin and the pattern in which the shark was swimming. It was a side-to-side motion versus an up and down one, like you’d see in a dolphin.”

Harbor patrol officers placed signs on the beach saying a 24-hour closure was in effect. Nonetheless, some swimmers, paddle boarders and kayakers passed by and entered the water.

No injuries were reported.


9 Comments

  1. Ted Slanders says:

    Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)

    Since our Hebrew God has given us “dominion” over the fish of the sea, I say we get a lot of boats out along the Santa Barbara coast line and use any means possible to find this white shark intruder and blow him up! Maybe that will be a lesson to the other sharks nearby, praise!

    Remember, TRUE Christians, you are NOT to eat shell fish! Our God set forth examples for us to follow, and we are in no position to argue with Him over this fact!

    “These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you” (Leviticus 11:9-10)

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    • GoneBabyGone says:

      Mr. Slanders,

      Sharks don’t have “scales AND fins” Mr Slanders, so we aren’t suppose to eat them! So, just blow them up? No, how ’bout we put you, a man in good standing with God, out there with a mask, some fins and a Hawaiian Sling and allow you to patrol the waters meting out your dominion over them? St. Jerome, again….

      “Practice What You Preach”

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        My dear ignorant Sister of Eve, GoneBabyGone,

        First thing, sharks do have “fins,”, and the main one that they show us to scare the crap out of us at the beach is their “dorsal fin.” Are you starting on the “sauce” a little early in the day?

        Furthermore, I was making a biblical point that if need be, we have dominion and rule over sharks, therefore if we want, we can do whatever we want to them at any given time, God said. Conversely, it is our choice to swim in their environment and if we come up short by doing so, like a arm or a leg, we can’t complain. But, biblically speaking, we can seek retribution upon them, barring any pansy-ass environmental group!

        Under Jerome’s edict of “practice what you preach”, I am sure that you follow ALL, and I repeat, ALL of the Hebrew God’s word in the bible. Don’t you dear?

        GoneBabyGone, I am sure that you practice this Jerome edict; “Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone.”

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    • Pelican1 says:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCfWHqrYUqo
      (Pelican 20:14)

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  2. Pelican1 says:

    Hmmm….Land sharks have been plaguing Central California for decades without closure one.

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  3. Theo P. Neustic says:

    They are out there all the time and becoming more and more common due to the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the California ban on gill net fishing.

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  4. shelworth says:

    Seems silly to me, everybody knows they’re there all the time, even when you can’t see them.

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  5. Rambunctious says:

    “Great white shark closes Santa Barbara beach”

    Why am I envisioning a shark with some signs and a hammer running up and down the beach?

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    • bobfromsanluis says:

      Probably you envision that due to sloppy headline writing; “Great white shark sighting leads to closure of Santa Barbara beach” .

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