Ocean Beach — On August 8, 2012 A. C. (name withheld by request) reported the following; “At around 10:30am I was surfing Ocean Beach, San Francisco, at Qu1ntara Street. Air and water temperatures were in the 50's Fahrenheit, sky was overcast; waves were 1 – 4 feet. There were no other people in the immediate 2 – 3 blocks, one person had gotten out just as I paddled out earlier. I was about 100 meters offshore, paddling and waiting for waves, and saw a very large fin about 100 meters to the north, possibly just slightly further out at a maximum of 105 meters offshore.
The area where I saw the fin seemed to have some sea life congregating there, i.e.: a few birds diving in that particular spot. Due to the fin size and wobbly movement, I sat up and took notice right away, but then blew it off as the fin seemed too thin and had too much of a curve to it to be a shark. About 15 seconds later I glanced over and saw a large grey head sticking out of the water in the same area. The head was facing the beach, and as we were about the same distance from shore, I got a good look at the profile. It had a very large, round, black eye, and a wedge shaped, angular snout.
I can't define the size as there were no reference points out in the lineup, but if I had to guess, I'd say the shark was 12 feet in length but with no visual cues it was really hard to tell. The shark seemed to have a casual air about it, just hanging out and not making aggressive movements. I paddled to shore and looked for the fin in the water but didn't see it again. At home I looked up the types of dolphins in this area and compared dolphin vs. shark profiles. In the course of looking up dolphin and shark profiles, I learned that great white sharks spy-hop.”
Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.