Surfer Seriously Injured In Shark Attack At Lovers Point
A surfer has sustained major injuries to the stomach and legs after a shark attack on Wednesday morning, authorities say.
According to the LA Times:
The attack occurred at Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, a community south of Monterey. Pacific Grove police said that a man was attacked just before 11 a.m. while in the water near Lovers Point. That beach and Sea Palm Turnout were closed afterward. The beaches will remain closed for 72 hours as a precaution, police said.
The surfer suffered major injuries to the stomach and leg, City Councilman Joe Amelia told KSBW-TV. He was taken to Natividad Hospital in Salinas, police said. The Monterey Fire Department conducted a drone search for the shark, but there have been no sightings, police said. Authorities will continue to monitor the area while the beaches are closed.
As the climate changes and the ocean gets warmer, the sharks are expanding their territory, showing up farther north in greater numbers. The Central Coast has become a favorite spot for sharks.
Last year, a man was riding a bodyboard in Morro Bay when a great white shark attacked him in what is believed to be the first fatal shark attack in San Luis Obispo County in 18 years.
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