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Shark bites surfer’s board near Pismo Beach



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Reports on shark size vary from 8 to 15 feet long

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 July, 2014 - A surfer was in the water sometime between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. at Oceano Dunes State Beach when a shark bit his board, Oceano Dunes District Superintendent Brent Marshal said.

The surfer was uninjured but the shark left teeth marks indicating it had an 11-inch in diameter jaw, which would be consistent with an animal about 8 feet long, Marshal said. Authorities don't know what type of shark attacked.

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, Park Ranger Robert Tolin said the shark bit the surfboard at the nose and the surfer was pushed off the board, when the surfer got back on the board the shark tried to bite again and missed.

Because the surfer was not bitten or injured officials said it's not mandatory to stay out of the water but they are strongly advising people to be cautious. Tolin said "It's hard to say what type of species the shark was, they think it's in the 15 foot range but it's not clear."


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