A COMPLETE LIST OF SHARK ATTACKS OFF THE COAST OF L.A. SINCE 2004
"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 BeachA 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 BeachWhat 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 BeachA 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 BeachA shark bites a woman's hand while swimming. She loses a silver ring, but retains all fingers.
- 5.September 30, 2007 Santa Monica BeachThree 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 BeachA 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 BeachA shark strikes a surfer's board, knocking him into the water.
- 8.July 5, 2014 Manhattan BeachA 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 BeachA 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.