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Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
Wednesday September 26th, 2012 :: 10:09 p.m. PDT


Reported shark sighting at Santa Barbara Harbor at 5pm this evening. Posted for 72 hours.

The following item was related to OEM this evening:

At approximately 5 pm today, Wednesday 9/26, an experienced local surfer, observed a 14' white shark at the entrance of Santa Barbara Harbor. He was surfing at the sandspit when the shark surfaced and "charged" directly in front of him, but not at him. He could see the entire top portion of the shark. He believes the shark was chasing something, possibly feeding. He estimated the water depth to be 6'. He quickly left the water, then watched from shore. The shark surfaced again, making a second "charge" along the surface. The City of Santa Barbara beaches are being posted for the next 72 hours.

Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-681-5526

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