Surfer un­in­jured af­ter shark bites her board off United States’ western coast

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A surfer es­caped in­jury on Satur­day af­ter a great white shark bit her board off Cal­i­for­nia’s cen­tral coast.

Eli­nor Dempsey, 54, said she was surf­ing at Morro Strand State Beach, just north of Morro Bay, around 10 a. m. when a shark swam un­der her board and chomped on it, leav­ing an ap­prox­i­mately 35- cen­time­ter wide bite mark.

Dempsey pushed her board to­ward the shark as she jumped off.

Other surfers who saw the at­tack warned ev­ery­one else to get out of the wa­ter. Some of the surfers helped Dempsey re­unite with her board, and she got back on it to get to shore.

Of­fi­cials closed the beach for 72 hours and posted warn­ing signs at nearby beaches, said the beach’s su­per­vis­ing ranger, Lisa Rem­ing­ton.

Ex­perts will an­a­lyze the bite mark and teeth pat­tern to de­ter­mine the size of the shark.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife bi­ol­o­gist who hap­pened to be in the area and ex­am­ined the board es­ti­mated that the shark was a 1.83-me­ter-long adult male.

Dempsey told the San Luis Obispo Tri­bune that she was shaken by her close en­counter with the shark and might take a break from surf­ing.

“I’ll be stay­ing close in from now on,” she said. “I’ll prob­a­bly be on my boo­gie board for a lit­tle while.”

Laura Dickinson/The Tri­bune (of San Luis Obispo) via AP

At home in Los Osos, Cal­i­for­nia, Eli­nor Dempsey, 54, shows her surf­board, which a shark bit ear­lier while she was in Morro Bay, Satur­day, Aug. 29. She was un­in­jured in the at­tack.

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