STINSON BEACH (CBS 5) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew has reported spotting a Great White Shark just a few hundred yards off the coast of Stinson Beach in Marin County.

The shark was spotted between 200 and 300 yards off of the popular North Bay beach Sunday afternoon.

Lifeguards will prevent beachgoers from swimming in deep waters for the next four days as a precaution. Wading into shallow water will still be allowed.

Officials said the shark spotted Sunday appeared to be eight to ten feet long.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

The offshore area extending from Bodega Bay down to Big Sur is known as the “Red Triangle” for its high number of great white shark sightings. The waters draw them because of the rich supply of food, including sea lions, elephant seals and whale carcasses.

(Copyright 2011 by CBSSan Francisco. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (132)
  1. Great White Sharks are notorious for that region, I doubt I would spend much time ocean swimming there as I dont like to be lunch 🙂

    1. Mayor Vaughn says:

      Love to prove that, wouldn’t you? Get your name in the National Geographic?

      1. Mike says:

        I would not call White Sharks notorious, they are predators just like us. Large predators will do what they must do to survive. They eat smaller/weaker predators (us). We in turn eat smaller/weaker predators (chickens). Stinson beach is a White Shark breeding ground, it’s where they belong. Smaller/weaker predators enter at your own risk…

      2. Quint says:

        Y’all know me. Know how I earn a livin’. I’ll catch this bird for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin’ bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole.

      3. Jeff says:

        You’re gonna need a bigger boat…

      4. Quint says:

        Hey Chief, did ya bring your rubbers? Hah, Hah!

      5. Fat man on Dock says:

        What kind of shark is this?

        A Tiger.

        A Whatttt…?

      6. Hooper says:

        This was no boating accident, or…..

      7. Hooper says:

        Please don’t smoke in hear!

      8. Martin Brody says:

        Larry, you’re the Mayor of Shark City. These people think you want the beaches open.

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    2. Markllar says:

      The only news here is that the Coast Guard flies there all the time and they only just now see a Great White. Scary

      1. CONNECTICUT SSN 042-68-4425 says:

        Why does Barry have it?

    3. dam says:

      I’m not gonna waste my time arguing with a man who’s lining up to be a hot lunch…Mr. Vaughn, what we are dealing with here is a perfect engine – uh, an eating machine. It’s really a miracle of evolution. All this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks, and that’s all! Now why don’t you take a long, close look at this sign. Those proportions are correct.

    4. Freddy says:

      I wish obama would take a swim at stinson beach…

      1. M.W. says:

        Yup. I agree. Preferably during 6/19/11 – 6/24/11

    5. Tom M. says:

      Mike is going to need a bigger dictionary….

      1. Ray says:

        ROTFLMAO! My first thought was similar but not as funny.

  2. HM Phobe says:

    It’s Bush’s fault.

    1. Steve Zissou says:

      “I’m going to go on an overnight drunk and in 10 days I will find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it.”

    2. Tim says:

      Thanks a lot drudge for linking this story and luring tea baggers over here. Thanks a lot.

      1. Spanky says:

        Oh, there are plenty of REAL tea baggers in San Francisco….

      2. Mike says:

        Tim shows us his “tolerance and diversity.”

      3. Nelson Muntz says:

        Ha haaaaaaa

      4. JAWS 5 says:

        I can see right up them shorts…

      5. Tom M. says:

        All that petroleum based lube you and your friends are using is causing global warming…

    3. Quint says:

      Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women!

      1. Doug says:

        An’ divin’ between their legs!

    4. Quint says:

      Don’t forget to throw in Global Warming too.

  3. Uncle Sam says:

    When you add that to your “list” you just sound dumb. Please don’t be dumb.

  4. Jerry Brown says:

    If you outlaw swimming with sharks, only outlaws will swim with sharks.

  5. Tipper Gore says:

    Al Gore invented Great Whites.

    1. Nanuq says:

      Isn’t that racist? Shouldn’t they be Average Whites?

      But then I suppose they’d be compelled to form a band.

      1. NoozJunkie says:

        Probably call it White Snake

  6. JMS in TX says:

    If one enters this country without the legal paperwork to live & work here, they are here illegally. Say no to sanctuary cities!

    1. Juat a Laugh says:

      Dang those Great Whites!! Taking away meals from American Sharks!! And no Papers to boot..


  7. JimP says:

    swimming with sharks, another job Americans won’t do.

    1. Bad Ass Bob The Cattle Rustler says:

      It’s right up there with running with scissors 🙂

  8. Huxley says:

    To all these people calling for the impeachment of Obama in relation to this article about sharks, (Hank)- Impeachment proceedings are initiated in the HOUSE which is currently controlled by republicans. So the ball is in your court. But when Pelosi took impeachment off the table for the Bush crimes, I think that pretty much removed any chance of your republicans trying to impeach. They are but different wings on the same chicken.

    1. bobby says:

      there were no “bush crimes” you dumb f$%K..

      1. John says:

        Bush’s election was a crime.

    2. Skeenah says:

      Get a life and stop the Bush crimes crud….why are you people so up tight that you connect a big hungry fish with politics, Obama and Bush-get a life.

    3. Tim says:

      You can thank Drudge for linking this story to his minions of trolls commenting from the swamps of the south, the middle of nowhere, and flatlands of Texas. Look at the bright side, they live in misery, we live in one of the best places on earth.

      1. Max Entropy says:

        Greetings from across the Bay.
        – Conservative commenter

      2. PlanoVickie says:

        Texas is the greatest state in this country. But you just stay where you are – we don’t want you here.

      3. SoCal Winner says:

        Um you live in SF, definitely NOT one of the best places on earth, just sayin……

      4. Drew says:

        San Francisco is like a cold, foggy version of Hell.

        The water is 55 degrees in August, so I don’t know why any sane person would go swimming there anyway.

    4. Spanky says:

      Yeah, we know, every failure of the Democrats since they took complete control of Congress on January 3, 2007 and every failure of Obama is Bush’s fault. This is truly humorous. Please keep it up.

      BTW, remember:

      “Democrats have a commonsense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices….”
      Nancy Pelosi, August 24, 2006.

  9. Bumper says:

    One was spotted off Crescent City two weeks ago.
    Had a baby Orca with it.
    Poor guy in the small fishing boat thought he’d
    be lunch for junior.
    They swam around his boat several times and
    then splashed down into the depths.

    1. kevin day says:

      A Great White and a baby Orca swimming together? If true, there will be a major offshore earthquake within the next 30 days.

  10. BAGrownup says:

    Someone start a rumour that swimming with Great Whites is good for the environment, and that Leonardo Di Caprio and Jeanine Garafalo said so. Hundreds of people will rush into the water like lemmings, giving the sharks a new food source and cleaning out our country for people who don’t mind working for a living. Win-win.

    1. bobby says:

      and Matt Damon and Sean Penn as well…

    2. ew-3 says:

      you trying to make the sharks ill ?

  11. Notasheeple says:

    Sounds like a great place for Pelosi to go swimming… Bet that old hag would be tough to eat…

    1. Patrick says:

      Stringy and grisslie, bitter as well!

    2. DJ says:

      The shark would probably gag on her broomstick anyway.

    3. Spanky says:

      The shark would avoid her out of professional courtesy.

    4. madjaam says:

      The Great White would have to pass her before he knew what was in her.

      1. cazman7 says:

        well played sir!

  12. Captain Quint says:

    “I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, Chief. I’ll find him for three…but I’ll catch him and kill him for ten.”

    1. Jeff says:

      Is that bounty for the shark in cash or check!?!?

  13. Roger says:

    Throw in Pelosi for dessert!!!

    1. drandy says:

      Sharks don’t eat lawyers. Professional courtesy, you know.

  14. Captain Know It All says:

    The coast of California has ALWAYS BEEN a haven for Great White sharks. Spotting a few makes no difference; they are ALWAYS out there in relatively shallow water. In recent years their numbers have increased as Sea Lion populations have increased due to federal protections.

    Sea Lions are a favorite prey for Great Whites. But now that we humans are not allowed to kill Sea Lions, the Great White sharks are staying in the same areas for longer periods of time and breeding more quickly. They almost never attack humans.

  15. Chris from DC says:

    C’mon Hank. Really? ….Really? They SPOTTED a great white, they weren’t looking for them specifically.I’m sure there’s something out there that says all vessels should report “these things” upon sight.

    As for airline passengers, the TSA is as much a part of the government as the Post Office is. It isn’t a government entity, just one endorsed and contracted out by the government in large scale.

    You’re grasping for hairs here. If you want to actually make a point, you can type it out much more simply by just saying Patriot Act.

  16. James 4:14 says:

    Great White. I think this is RACIST.

  17. Kevin Stowell says:

    Yet nothing was said about Great Blacks. Racist rag.

    1. Democrat Plantation says:

      Are there any?

  18. belowe says:

    They are violating the sharks right to eat!

  19. danc says:

    It’s George Bush’s fault.

  20. Mikey says:


  21. stevebeagle says:

    why it gotta be Great white ? why it cant be Great Black ?

    Haters !

    1. sean patriot says:

      No sucj thing as a Great Black

  22. Chief Brody @ Amity Island says:

    But I’m telling you, and I’m telling everybody at this table that that’s a shark! And I know what a shark looks like, because I’ve seen one up close. And you’d better do something about this one, because I don’t intend to go through that hell again!

    1. Captain Quint says:

      Hooper drives the boat, Chief.

      1. Matt Hooper says:

        Want a pretzel?

      2. Jeff says:

        Stop playing with yourself Hooper…

      3. Hooper says:

        I don’t have any spit.

      4. Martin says:

        I can do anything I want, I’m the Chief of Police.

  23. hdfe says:

    Global warming… Was it swimming up-side-down?

  24. Mike Copeland says:


  25. DENNIS says:


    1. foobar says:

      What does this have to do with great white shark sightings?

  26. kevin says:

    Great Whites? Where is Al Sharpton when you need him?

  27. dennis says:

    When I was in the Coast Guard we had a saying. SHARKS GOTA EAT TOO.

    1. Noozjunkie says:

      How very true, dennis. Today is YOUR day to feed them 😉

  28. Was This Article Even Legal? says:

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this.
    I didn’t know it was LEGAL in the United States to use the words Great and White in the same sentence?
    I sure hope we didn’t offend anyone who is here in America illegally with this comment which they might feel is Racist?

  29. Robert says:

    We have 200,000 seals off the California cast. There only enemy is the Great White. Shoot the seals and the sharks will leave. Also, Fisherman/Surfers will be happier.

  30. Walter Cronkite says:

    NEWSFLASH!! There are Sharks in the OCEAN!!

    Film at 11:00.

  31. Anon says:

    How do they know the shark will leave by the 24th?

    1. VaDave says:

      Six days on, three days off. Shark Union rules!

  32. JOe Dutra says:

    No news here. Sports fisherman spot them all the time.

  33. Scoop says:

    Department of Forestry officials have reported sighting a bear in the woods. After much hand wringing and hyperventilating hikers are being warned to venture no further than knee deep into the forest. Officials are also reminding citizens to look both ways before crossing the street, eat their vegetables and never, ever run with scissors.

  34. Big Daddy says:

    gosh, i thought californians were halfway intelligent.

    these comments completely ruin that for you all.

    either the ronald raygun preschool opened up news outlets on the internet server, or, well…no fruits here, just nuts. but then again, this comment board kinda exposes that: Name OR Email, but you must enter both in order to post. yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….

  35. NIKKO69L8P says:






    1. sean patriot says:

      Thanks Hooper

  36. explorer373 says:

    Thats some bad hat Harry!

    1. Jeff says:

      We know all about you Chief…

  37. garylee123 says:

    Yep!!! That’s where they are. In the ocean off the coast of Ca. Can I have a $5 million grant for my study?

  38. Tim says:

    We are going to need a bigger boat.

  39. Rickey Roma says:

    Your gonna need a bigger boat…

  40. Chief Brody says:

    We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

  41. Quint says:

    That’s the USS Indianapolis….

  42. James says:

    Worry not dear people of San Fransicko. I doubt the shark has much of an appetite for filthbag commies

  43. Snergly O'Riely says:

    Sharks in the ocean?? Oh no what’s next liberals in San Fran!!!!!

  44. Me here in MN says:

    Send him the way of the medicinal pot clinic. Big whitey gets the munchies, and you know you can’t eat just one sea lion. Man you start with one and one turns into 2 and next thing you know those sea lions are on the endangered species list. Walla no more Geat Whites off the beach of N.CA

  45. jaws says:

    i wanna get bit right in the buttock by a shark

  46. Steve Johnson says:

    Possibly the best thread I’ve ever read!!

  47. LarryG says:

    The Pacific coast is full of these large sharks and nobody gets eaten. They get bitten when they are mistaken for prey such as seals. This area of Stinson beach is well know for sharks and they inhabit the waters all the way up the Oregon coast. Tigers and Bull sharks are the ones you need to be concerned about and they don’t live here. Take it easy, folks.

  48. free country says:

    What right does any agency have to “close” the ocean to swimming? Not saying I don’t appreciate the suggestion, but I think we all have a right to go wherever we wish in our free society. (and lifeguards should then have a right not to rescue you, too).

  49. Fellas, let’s be reasonable, huh? This is not the time or the place to perform some kind of a half-assed autopsy on a fish.

    And I’m not going to stand here and see that thing cut open and see that little Kintner boy spill out all over the dock.

  50. NYC - Sharkless Since 2010! says:

    Farewell and adieu to you, Spanish Ladies,
    Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain;
    For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston (apparently on the 24th)
    And so nevermore shall we see you again.

  51. Power Ballads says:

    Man the band’s gettin back together? I liked Def Leopard more but I’ll settle for these guys.

  52. It’s all psychological. You yell, “Barracuda,” everybody says, “Huh? What?”

    You yell, “Shark,” we’ve got a panic on our hands on the 4th of July.

  53. Mike says:

    A SHARK was spotted in the ocean, WOW what a shock. Someone should look into that, Alert the press so they can write an article about it for something to do and justify a job. Duuh

  54. DeltaBravo says:

    Sharkfest Swim this weekend Alcatraz to Aquatic Park…timely artice.

    Distance: 1.5 miles
    Race date: Sat June 25 2011
    Start time: 8:50am
    Cutoff time: 75 minutes
    Water temp: ~60-62° F

  55. NotSoSilentLucidity says:

    Pssst… swimming with sharks is good for the environment. It also improves air quality and average IQ, reduces global warming and improves biodiversity in the shark diet. Practice what you preach, hug a shark today.

  56. Hof says:

    Al Sharpton thinks Great Whites are racist.

  57. mike says:

    Show me the way to go home
    I’m tired and I wanna go to be

  58. And, you know, the thing about a shark… He’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living … until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then … Ah, then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’.

    1. Quint says:

      …but, we delivered the bomb August 21, 1945.

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