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No one believes Mission Beach body surfer

Independent confirmation of sharks

From Fox5 story on sharks and La Jolla kayakers
From Fox5 story on sharks and La Jolla kayakers

In August of 2015 I headed into the water at Mission Beach for a swim. As I swam out, the waves looked good and a big set was rolling in. I noticed five or six other swimmers outside. I always make sure someone is out farther than me. A big wave approached, but I knew I couldn't catch it, so I dove under. As I surfaced, I realized the other swimmers had caught the wave and that I was the only one left outside.

I was startled to see a big black fin. I couldn't see its body because of the white water and the surge. It was moving slowly away from me in a northerly direction, towards La Jolla. I watched it for about 30 seconds as it continued north.

I caught the next wave in and went immediately to the lifeguard to report what I had just seen. That guard checked with the lifeguard in the tower, but he couldn't see anything and told me it was probably a dolphin. I told the lifeguard that I knew the difference between a dolphin and a shark, what I saw was not a dolphin. Their fins roll and bob up and down. This fin was in a straight line heading north.

The next day there was an article in the Union-Tribune about three hammerhead sharks bumping into some kayakers off the cove in La Jolla. They were able to get away unharmed.

The day after, there was a follow-up article in the paper on the three hammerheads. One of them had been tagged with a monitor which reports its location every three days. This big fellow had just made a 400-mile trip into Baja and back. They said he probably passed Mission Beach between August 24 and 26. I was body surfing on August 25.

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From Fox5 story on sharks and La Jolla kayakers
From Fox5 story on sharks and La Jolla kayakers

In August of 2015 I headed into the water at Mission Beach for a swim. As I swam out, the waves looked good and a big set was rolling in. I noticed five or six other swimmers outside. I always make sure someone is out farther than me. A big wave approached, but I knew I couldn't catch it, so I dove under. As I surfaced, I realized the other swimmers had caught the wave and that I was the only one left outside.

I was startled to see a big black fin. I couldn't see its body because of the white water and the surge. It was moving slowly away from me in a northerly direction, towards La Jolla. I watched it for about 30 seconds as it continued north.

I caught the next wave in and went immediately to the lifeguard to report what I had just seen. That guard checked with the lifeguard in the tower, but he couldn't see anything and told me it was probably a dolphin. I told the lifeguard that I knew the difference between a dolphin and a shark, what I saw was not a dolphin. Their fins roll and bob up and down. This fin was in a straight line heading north.

The next day there was an article in the Union-Tribune about three hammerhead sharks bumping into some kayakers off the cove in La Jolla. They were able to get away unharmed.

The day after, there was a follow-up article in the paper on the three hammerheads. One of them had been tagged with a monitor which reports its location every three days. This big fellow had just made a 400-mile trip into Baja and back. They said he probably passed Mission Beach between August 24 and 26. I was body surfing on August 25.

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