"Attack" is an eye-catching overstatement. Despite recent events, shark encounters in California are 90% less likely to occur than in the 1950s. In the past 25 years, there have only been nine, beginning in 2004. Some injuries, no fatalities.
  1. October 1, 2004 Huntington Beach
    A surfer paddling towards a wave sees a school of bait fish leap out of the water ahead of him. A shark bumps his board. He hurriedly paddles to shore. According to the Stanford Woods Institute of the Environment, surfers have a 1 in 17 million chance of being bitten.
  2. July 29, 2006 Broad Beach
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    What appears to be a short fin mako shark rams into a man on a boogie board. His son drags him to shore. The man suffers a broken neck and paralyzing spinal cord injury.
  3. June 22, 2007 Coral State Beach
    A little over a mile offshore, an aggressive 12-foot shark repeatedly bumps the board of a man competing in the Tommy Zahn Paddleboard Race. He escapes unharmed.
  4. June 30, 2007 Will Rogers State Beach
    A shark bites a woman's hand while swimming. She loses a silver ring, but retains all fingers.
  5. September 30, 2007 Santa Monica Beach
    Three sharks follow a group of surfers into shallow water. One surfer feels something hit his foot and finds a puncture wound when he gets to shore.
  6. October 7, 2007 Venice Beach
    A surfer paddling near Venice Pier receives four scratches in a semicircular pattern on his hand. He reports having seen a "brownish shape" in the water.
  7. July 31, 2012 Topanga Beach
    A shark strikes a surfer's board, knocking him into the water.
  8. July 5, 2014 Manhattan Beach
    A fisherman's angler hooks and agitates a great white, which swims away but later bites a long-distance swimmer's torso.
  9. July 10, 2015 Huntington Beach
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    A young great white bumps a surfer, causing a dent in his board, and a lot of disappointment among those who hoped to enjoy the waves.