Great White Kills Sea Lion

Shark Victim Found near Stearns Wharf

Originally published 2:00 p.m., April 18, 2012
Updated 4:00 p.m., April 18, 2012
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Santa Barbara waterfront officials confirmed reports that a great white shark attacked a female sea lion weighing as much as 300 pounds, hitting the sea lion from below and ripping into its stomach. Based on the bite marks, officials estimated the shark could have been eight to nine feet long.

Where the attack took place remains unknown, but the sea lion was found at 9 a.m. Wednesday near Stearns Wharf — in the “Y” of the harbor — close to shore. Although the attack was severe — “It took the animal apart,” said Mick Kronman of the Waterfront Department — the sea lion did not die until after it had been been rescued and placed in a boat.

According to Kronman, the teeth marks around the sea lion’s belly were consistent with a great white. Great white sightings in the area are “pretty rare,” he said.

Kronman said the beaches would not be closed because of the attack, but that his department would be advising any businesses giving aquatics lessons or vending aquatic equipment.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

As always, there is plenty to FEAR BENEATH the waters of Santa Barbara County! We'll try to get some coverage posted!

fearbeneath (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2012 at 4:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Whenever sharks are in the news, this "fearbeneath" dude always appears spreading his hysteria.

Instead, he should start a website called:

"Fear of Rover: When Dogs Attack! (dot com)"

A Comparison of Shark Attack Fatalities
with Dog Attack Fatalities in the U.S.: 2001-2010
Year......Dog Attack Fatalities......Shark Attack Fatalities


Total..... 263....10

More risk comparison fun facts:

Chester_Arthur_Burnett (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2012 at 5:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dolphins and sharks are enemies. More dolphins in an area means less sharks.

fivedolphins (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2012 at 7:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

WTF? Did Nick Welsh really write this?

A sea lion as the "victim"?
Dude, sharks are predators, and sea lions and other pinnipeds are the prey, or their food. Just like how pinnipeds eat fish, their prey.

The city harbor employees have NO BUSINESS to be fetching food from the mouths of sharks or other predators out in the wild ocean. Their blunder just made the injured sea lion suffer further instead of fulfilling its ecological destiny as food for a predator. There is no "rescue" here!

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2012 at 7:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Who cares about a sea lion! - check this out - the great white sharks are the real victims - there are enough sea lions out there, and as white shark populations decline, so the sea lions will rise...

sharkboygansbaai (anonymous profile)
April 18, 2012 at 10:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh you're so brave sharkboy! You go and kill a sea lion?...that's like taking candy from a baby. My pod and I are issuing you and your school of sharks a challenge: Meet us this Friday, in the waters off of East Beach, and we'll settle this thing once and for all. And if that doesn't work, I will taunt you a second time!

fivedolphins (anonymous profile)
April 19, 2012 at 3:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Come on we all know there are too many seals, which have attracted sharks again especially due to the rookery in carp. Fisherman try to kill em cause they eat their bait, and this helps keep the shark and seal pop down. The chumach also killed seal out of respect for the nutrition and coats and to help keep the balance in check. I love seals, but there are too many. Sharks are the head of the foodchain in our waters and maybe it will keep some of the overpopulation of kook surfers out too. Keep the dolphins happy and loving our coastline and it will keep the sharks in check. It's all a balance. But I'd love to see your shark dolphin brawl. I'll wear a sealhead as the mascot.

cinderella (anonymous profile)
April 20, 2012 at 10:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Both Chester & John Adams make excellent points. Hysteria plus misplaced humanitarianism = übersilly people.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
April 20, 2012 at 1 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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