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04/31/2020 - 16 yr old male - California

Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 9:23 pm
by alb
Shark bumps surfer in Encinitas

ENCINITAS, Calif. — A surfer was bumped by a shark Wednesday evening in Encinitas but got away with only a torn wetsuit and a puncture wound from a nearby stingray, according to authorities and a woman claiming to be the boy’s mother.

The encounter happened around 5:50 p.m. just south of Moonlight Beach, according to Encinitas Fire Department.

The woman told FOX 5 that a shark and a stingray were circling her 16-year-old son. That’s when the boy accidentally kicked at the shark, according to the woman and Encinitas Lifeguard Captain Larry Giles. A stingray then punctured the boy’s right ankle, the woman said.

Medics took the man to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas to be treated for minor injuries, authorities said.

Lifeguards posted signs warning beachgoers of the shark sighting, advising them to enter at their own risk.

Re: 04/31/2020 - 16 yr old male - California

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 12:54 am
by alb
Shark ‘aggressively bumps’ man south of Moonlight Beach in Encinitas; minor injuries reported

Encinitas lifeguards put up advisory signs Wednesday evening south of Moonlight Beach after a reported shark encounter. The advisory will be up for 24 hours.

The attack happened around 5:45 p.m. south of Moonlight Beach; authorities closed access to the water a mile north and south of the area

A young man reported being attacked by a shark Wednesday evening south of Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, though authorities believe the animal “aggressively bumped” him rather than bit him.

It happened around 5:45 p.m. in the water off C Street and Moonlight Lane, according to Encinitas lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles and sheriff’s Lt. Tim Matzkiw. It prompted authorities to post advisory signs a mile north and south of the area warning surfers and swimmers for the next 24 hours about the reported encounter.

The victim, described only as a young man who was surfing or bodyboarding, was taken by medics to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas with a cut on his foot, Giles said.

The young man reported that a “large” shark circled him, and he possibly kicked the animal, Giles said.

“I would call it more of a bump, or an aggressive act,” Giles said. “It didn’t bite.”

It was not immediately clear what type of shark reportedly attacked the man, Giles said.

Jack Shannon lives nearby and said he was checking the surf from above the beach, near a lookout at the end of A Street, when he heard a lifeguard come over the loud speaker to announce someone had been bitten. Lifeguards began ordering surfers out of the water.

Encinitas had just reopened Moonlight Beach for walkers, runners, swimmers and surfers on Monday morning. The beach, along with most others across the county, had been closed since March 23 as part of the county’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Shannon said the beach scene “has been chaotic” since it reopened Monday morning, with visitors arriving early and staying until well past sundown to observe the bioluminescent light that’s visible at night.

Moonlight Beach is about 1.5 miles south of where Keane Webre-Hayes, then 13 years old, was attacked and critically injured by a great white shark in September 2018.