Great White Shark Takes A Bite Out of Distance Swimmer in California

Oh, good. Shark season is here. Authorities at the Los Angeles Fire Department have revealed that a man swimming at Manhattan Beach was bitten on the upper right side by a great white shark when he was swimming in a group of distance swimmers.

The shark had apparently been agitated when a fisherman who was fishing off the Manhattan Beach Pier tried to reel the shark in.

As Rick Flores, a spokesperson for the LAFD, told the AP:

The attack started when a person fishing off the Manhattan Beach Pier hooked the shark and spent over 30 minutes trying to reel it in, which Flores said, made the shark grow agitated.

The victim was in a group of long-distance swimmers about 300 yards off the beach, where Flores said the shark bit the man.

The fisherman cut the line and a surfer put the injured swimmer on his board, taking the victim ashore with the help of Los Angeles County lifeguards. Paramedics began treating the man.

In a particularly ominous-sounding phrase, the AP then reports that the 7-foot shark "remained in the area for the next 20 minutes and then disappeared into the murky water."

The beach remained open though a stretch was made off-limits to visitors.

[Image via AP]