Shark attacks surfer in Morro Bay
August 31, 2015
A 54-year-old Los Osos woman survived a shark attack while surfing Saturday morning at Morro Strand State Beach. [Daily Mail]
The shark bit off an approximately 14-inch-wide chunk of Elinor Dempsey’s surfboard. But, Dempsey escaped the attack uninjured.
Dempsey initially thought the creature swimming underneath her surfboard was a dolphin. But, when it chomped at her board, she realized it was a shark.
Dempsey jumped off the board and into the water, pushing the board toward the shark. She made a break for the shore and swam without looking back.
Other surfers helped Dempsey get back on her board and out of the water. The board was attached to her ankle while she was swimming.
It is not yet known whether the shark was a juvenile or adult. The shark is estimated to be between six and 15 feet.
Dempsey described it as a large grey shape that was hovering a few feet below her board.
Authorities closed down the beach following the attack. A 1.5-mile stretch of beach in San Diego was also closed Saturday because of a shark Sighting.