The following report of a Great White Shark sighting is courtesy of the Shark Research Committee.
On May 25, 2010 Mike Baehr was surfing 30–40 feet from shore in the channel at Bolinas Beach, which is located 10 miles west-southwest of San Rafael and 20 miles north of San Francisco. It was 11:30 AM and he had returned to the water, following a one hour session and a 20–30 minute rest period while waxing his board. The sky was overcast and there was a light rain. Baehr reported:
“I was surfing in front of the channel, along with two other surfers. One was on the East Channel side of the ‘groin’ (jetty) with the other surfer and I on the West side. The surfer on the channel side yelled ‘Shark!’ and we all paddled in. Right about at the outer bar and perhaps 50 feet east of the ‘groin,’ and 60 feet from shore, was what appeared to be a young seal struggling mightily. Both of the other surfers observed, more than once, a dorsal fin about 2 feet high. I did not see the shark and only witnessed the seal fighting for its life. It was thrashed around quite a bit and eventually disappeared. There was a flock of birds hovering closely over the battle scene the whole time. They left once it was over. We did not see the shark again after that, though another seal did find its way out of the channel and head west. I had been surfing that spot only about 30 minutes earlier and am feeling pretty lucky.”
Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.
Photo: Michael Heilemann