Beaches in the Pacifica and Montara areas of San Mateo County reopened on Monday, two days after a shark attack triggered a complete shutdown.
On Saturday, a 6-foot great white shark bit a man in the leg near Gray Whale Cove State Beach. The victim, Nemanja Spasojevic of San Francisco, was treated and released from hospital and is now recovering at home.
The Shark Stewards nonprofit group, which is dedicated to protecting sharks and their habitat, said there were more young white sharks moving north towards the Bay Area.
âI think the recent trend is really this increase in sea surface temperature and it’s probably an effect of global warming,â said David McGuire, director of Shark Stewards. “These young sharks tend to wander north and stay close to shore in shallow water.”
Shark Stewards also pointed out that the Bay Area currently has a thriving seal and sea lion population. Surfers and swimmers are sometimes mistaken for sharks’ favorite food.
âIf there is a shark sighting you are naturally a little more careful, even if it’s a few miles down the road,â said surfer Patrick Co. âTheir range is quite large, so you land still the question. “
While Gray Whale Cove reopened on Monday, it weren’t too crowded at the beach. Visitors who were there were well aware of Saturday’s attack.
âI was surprised,â said Joel Rodriguez of Fremont. “I’ve never seen one come this close to where I usually hike or that sort of thing. So that’s kind of surprising to me.”
Fisherman Thomas Masotta rushed to help the 39-year-old victim after he managed to get ashore.
âRight away I’m like ‘Wow, this guy must be in trouble,’â Masotta said. “So I ran over to him and he said, ‘I was bitten by a shark’ and ‘Can you help me?'”
A drone video of a white shark swimming in the same waters was captured two weeks ago.