The shark that attacked a swimmer in Monterey Bay was around 15ft long

A great white shark that bit and seriously injured a 62-year-old swimmer last month in Monterey Bay was about 15 feet long, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

The incident happened just before 11 a.m. on June 22 in the waters off Lovers Point Beach near the community of Pacific Grove.

A swimmer, identified by the San Francisco Chronicle as Steve Bruemmer, suffered serious stomach and leg injuries but survived.

Bruemmer said he was about 150 yards from the beach when he was attacked, the Chronicle reported. The shark ends up letting go and flees.

Two paddleboarders and a surf instructor rescued the swimmer from the water and pulled him to the beach, where he was treated by a doctor and two nurses before being taken to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, a reported the Chronicle.

The shark was not found after the attack.

Shortly after the attack, rumors began circulating that the shark was 20ft long, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

But the department’s estimate of 14ft to 15ft, based on measurements of injury photos and an examination of the victim’s damaged wetsuit, is “within the normal range for white sharks in the area.”

“Average adult white sharks are about 12 to 15 feet long, with females larger than males,” the department said in a statement, adding that there are “almost no confirmed reports of much larger sharks.” as big as 15 to 18 feet long”.

The incident marked California’s second shark attack of 2022, with the first occurring off San Miguel Island.

There’s no evidence that shark attacks have increased in frequency off the California coast, wildlife officials say.

“Shark incidents remain extremely rare, this was the 203rd incident since 1950 and the 109th where there was an injury,” the department said.

Los Angeles Times

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