Saturday, October 13, 2007

Surfer chased by Great White shark in Cayucos waters!

A great white shark prowling Central Coast waters reportedly chased a surfer near the Cayucos Pier where the beast was first spotted last weekend.

Lifeguards posted shark warning signs after the first sighting Sunday near the town's pier 20 miles north of San Luis Obispo. On Wednesday, beachgoers spotted a shark again, this time off the nearby Old Creek area.

“My guess is that it would be the same one that was at the Cayucos pier which is three quarters of a mile north,” said Ray Smith, supervising ranger for the coastal section from Montana de Oro to the Estero Bluffs state parks.

A surfer said he was chased by the shark at Old Creek and rangers interviewed a half-dozen beachgoers who confirmed seeing a shark in the surfline, Smith said.

State Parks guidelines call for posting of warning signs for five days.

There was a spate of shark sightings in July along Avila and Pismo beaches to the south.

In August 2003, swimmer Deborah Franzman was attacked by a great white shark off Avila Beach.


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