SANTA BARBARA, CA – August 15, 2012

At 5:20 p.m. yesterday, a surfer off Leadbetter Point spotted a shark five feet away whose dorsal fin and tail fin were both out of the water. Judging by the reported 6’-7’ “spread” between the shark’s fins, plus its reported color and girth, this is being treated as a credible sighting of a great white shark. The City’s Waterfront and Parks and Recreation departments have posted warning signs at 14 locations near City beaches, and one on each of five lifeguard towers between Leadbetter Point and East Beach. This action reflects standard protocols developed for this type of event and is warranted not only by yesterday’s sighting, but in light of recent, confirmed white-shark attacks on marine mammals in local waters. If there are no other shark sightings or evidence of shark attacks on marine life, the signs will be removed in 72 hours (Friday at sunset).

Contact:

Karl Treiberg

Waterfront Facilities Manager/Acting Waterfront Director

City of Santa Barbara

805-564-5527

ktreiberg@santabarbaraca.gov

or

Mick Kronman

Harbor Operations Manager

City of Santa Barbara

805-897-2587

mkronman@santabarbaraca.gov

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