The City of Santa Barbara has posted a Great White Shark warning for visitors to its beaches, after a surfer off of Leadbetter Point spotted one of the sharks Tuesday night.
City Waterfront Department officials say the surfer was in the ocean just after 5 p.m., when he noticed a massive shark just five feet away from him. The surfer said the spread between the shark’s fins was six to seven feet. The surfer was unhurt.
The City put up signs at 14 locations along its beaches, as well as one on each lifeguard tower between Leadbetter Point, and East Beach. They’ll stay up for 72 hours, and if there are no other sightings, the warning signs will be removed at sunset on Friday. People can still go in the ocean, but officials say it’s at your own risk.
In late July, what turned into a fatal attack on a sea lion off the Santa Barbara coastline led to a similar warning, but it was removed 72 hours later, after there were no further incidents.