Shark 'displaying aggressive behavior' prompts warning at San Onofre State Beach

Posted at 11:41 AM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 22:14:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The public is being warned to stay out of the water at San Onofre State Beach after a shark was spotted "displaying aggressive behavior."

A tweet from the Marine Corps Community Services Camp Pendleton Twitter account was posted just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, and it said: "#SanOnofre Beach 48 Hr Warning #Shark displaying aggressive behavior on May 10, 2017 at San Onofre #Beach, Church surf break."

The warning comes nearly two weeks after a Vista woman swimming at the same beach was attacked by a shark.

Leeanne Ericson, a 35-year-old mother of three, was with her boyfriend when a shark bit a large portion of the back of her right leg and dragged her under the water.

After she was taken back to shore, a witness was able to help save Ericson's life by tying her injured leg off with a surfboard leash.

Ericson remains hospitalized but was said to be doing "remarkably well" last week.
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With two surgeries down and a few more to go, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help Erickson with medical costs.

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Earlier this week, a shark advisory was issued in Long Beach after sharks were spotted just 10 feet from shore, ABC 7 reported.

Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Cameron Abel told 10News juvenile sharks arrived exactly the same time last year in the same area and they were gone by the end of summer.

"They're feeding on halibut but once they get bigger and stronger, they'll move away from shore," Abel said.

Abel added that, to date, there have been no reports of aggressive sharks in Long Beach. But California State Parks developed a shark advisory system, which involves the placement of signs along the water's edge.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some tips on how to minimize the risk of being bitten by a shark:

  • Stay in groups and don't wander too far from shore because this would isolate you and decrease your chances of being rescued
  • Don't go in the water early in the water or in the dark/twilight hours when sharks are most active
  • Don't go in the water if you're bleeding
  • Don't wear shiny jewelry in the water because it resembles fish scales in the water
  • Avoid bright colored clothing
  • Don't splash too much
  • Don't go in the water if sharks are known to be present so heed those shark warnings!