Sunday, June 29, 2008

Richard Theiss responds to San Diego shark incident on CBS News

On 04/28/08, RTSea wrote: From Richard Theiss, filmmaker Island of the Great White Shark, regarding the recent San Diego shark incident:

On Friday, 4/25, the news hit of a man fatally bitten by a white shark off Solana Beach, near San Diego, CA. I was asked by CBS and KCAL news to comment (

It's always a tragic event when someone is attacked by an animal and my heart goes out to the victim's family and friends. Judging by the news reports that filtered in over the course of the day, it would appear that the attack was a classic case of mistaken identity with the shark mistaking the swimmer for a possible seal. Apparently, the swimmer was slightly apart from a group of other swimmers 150 yards off shore, with some of the swimmers wearing dark wetsuits or swimsuits. The shark approached in the manner typical of a seal hunting behavior.

It has been many years since there has been a shark attack in Southern California and the news organizations have made quite a fuss, as the southland was preparing for a sunny and warm weekend. Without minimizing the loss of a popular local resident, let's hope level heads prevail so as to not generate 70's-style "Jaws" hysteria

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