According to the Shark Research Committee, a surfer named Jason Joel sighted a 7ft great white shark at El Porto in Manhattan Beach last week. The report states that Joel was surfing at 42nd street around 5pm, when the great white breached the surface of the water.
Joel reported to the Shark Research Committee, “The shark jumped at a near 90 degree angle out of the water turned and splashed on its side. I had an open wound on my foot and was already worried about sharks because of the wound so I immediately got out of the water. Two other surfers saw the shark and we told about 10 others in the water; but only one other surfer and got out with me. The lifeguard on duty told me that a 7 foot and a 9 foot shark have been spotted almost daily all summer and were the ‘local babies’ and haven’t bothered anyone. I’ve surfed this break frequently, the last 2 years, and have never encountered a shark previously.”
Mike Durand of SwellMagnet.com also encountered a shark last week at El Porto after strapping a GoPro to his head and paddling out with his SUP. Watch as Durand is frightened by the creature and luckily catches it all on video:
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