Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

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Update by an edhat reader

A lot of other people spotted the shark from the Pier and alerted lifeguards, who then put up warnings through Sunday.


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An 8-10 foot great white shark was spotted at Goleta Beach on Saturday.

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SBZZ Aug 13, 2019 09:53 AM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

It could only be 1 of a handful of sharks - given its heavy set and location, my guess in order of descending probability - white, basking (so rare here now and too close inshore), thresher (don't see the tail), mako (too close inshore), blue (too heavy set)...

a-1566748815 Aug 13, 2019 12:55 PM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

DBD - Sevengills' dorsal fins are further back and smaller than this shark. Also, the large pectoral fin and wide caudal keel (end of the body where tail attaches) look more like a White shark.

DBD Aug 13, 2019 10:54 AM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

A few years back i saw a 4-5' shark washed up that i thought was a small great white. It was later identified as a 7 gill. It was pretty thiccc and definitely fooled me. Could be one of those as well.

doodle Aug 12, 2019 04:42 PM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

There are several 11 foot Macko sharks that have been tagged and tracked in our area recently. Could be one of them. They are named Conderella, Rose and Riley but I don't think they answer to their names.

Phantom Blot Aug 12, 2019 01:54 PM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

I have some Thresher Shark in the freezer that will serve as dinner tonight. Must keep my place on the food chain.

a-1566748815 Aug 11, 2019 02:19 PM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

A shark IS a fish. "Dozens" means at least 24, which I highly doubt there are 24 species of shark in our waters.

ZeroHawk Aug 13, 2019 09:44 AM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

known or strongly suspected? There are only a slight hand full of these in our waters. GW, Hammerhead...ok just two. ANY fish will bite you if you stick your fingers near it's mouth. I've had more close calls with barracudas than i have with a shark of any species.

ZeroHawk Aug 13, 2019 09:10 AM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

actually there are about 26 species off California and about 12-15 in our local waters. Shark doesn't mean they are all makos, threshers, whites. We have Blues, shovel nose, hammerheads, swell sharks, leopard sharks, horn, 7 gill, angel, sand, nurse, soupfin or school shark, whale and basking, spiney dogfish, grey smoothhound, brown smoothound, pacific small tail...etc...so yeah..there's a lot more than you think. I fish and sail and have been in our waters for over 4 decades....there's a lot of them out there. Here's a fact...more people die by dog attacks than shark attacks...think about it....

tagdes Aug 11, 2019 07:28 PM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

According to the Shark Research Committee there have been 34 species of sharks recorded off of the Pacific Coast of North America with 26 different species known or strongly suspected of attacking humans. Almost all were between central and Baja CA with the most attacks, 154 out of 180 since 1900 off the CA coast and 13 fatalities here in the last 60 years here all suspected or known to be from Great Whites.

ginger1 Aug 11, 2019 12:23 PM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

OMG! It's a fish. Or is it seaweed? No! It's a shark. A great white, not one of the dozens of other sharks that live around here. If it is identified as a great white, why are there not beach warning signs? Or announcements on any of the local media? Waiting for updates,

a-1566748815 Aug 11, 2019 11:46 AM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

How do you figure it's a great white? Not unlikely, just wondering if this is a speculation or an actual id

a-1566748815 Aug 13, 2019 09:39 AM
Shark Spotted at Goleta Beach

Have you read the NYT (or the LA Times) lately? EdHat is probably more accurate...:-(

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