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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Shark Devours Sea Lion off Pacifica

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:15 AM

click to enlarge Shaaaaaaaark!
  • Shaaaaaaaark!

A battalion of witnesses watched a shark estimated at 18 feet long, eviscerate and devour a sea lion yesterday at Pacifica's Linda Mar Beach, a well-known haunt for surfers and boaters.

The sighting of the possible Great White tearing a hapless mammal to shreds prompted police to post signs on the beach warning would-be swimmers to exercise good judgment before running into the water.

Despite the unusual spectacle of a shark feeding in full public view, surfers soon returned to the waters.

Perhaps it wasn't as carefree a move as you'd think. Unlike the movies, Great White Sharks eat only occasionally -- every few days or weeks. Not that this is much solace to the Pacifica sea lion.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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