NBC San Diego – A great white shark was spotted off the coast of Imperial Beach on Tuesday afternoon, according to city officials.
Lifeguards said an Imperial Beach spotted the shark, then took a picture of it and immediately showed officials.
The picture was then sent to a shark research facility, which confirmed the shark was a great white. Researchers believe the shark photographed was between 16 and 18 feet.
The shark reportedly stayed in the area for 15 to 20 minutes, then swam on.
“We haven’t seen anything like this since the 1950′s,” said an IB lifeguard captain.
The beach is open, but signs warning people of the sighting have been placed throughout the beach.
Is that seriously the photo that was sent in to a Shark Research facility to tell us, “Yep. Great White. 18 feet.” Okay? That’s something sticking out of the water with zero perspective to size provided, except for maybe the distance from which the photo was taken? Technology is crazy. Well, that, or the researchers are crazy. Since there have been no attacks yet, decent chance this is just Terry. No big whoop. Let’s be honest though… no lobsters are going out surfing in IB… I’m guessing you guys stick to the waters of La Jolla, PB, and Point Loma. Smarts.
[lobbed by The King]