Nightmares Haunt Swimmer Bitten By Great White Shark –

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But the shark’s bite was not deep, sparing Robles’ ribs and organs, he said. “It wasn’t a full-size bite,” said Capt. Tracy Lizlotte, a lifeguard for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The scars to his psyche may be deeper. Robles, who would swim two miles from the Hermosa Beach pier to the Manhattan Beach pier each Saturday, said he is afraid to go back into the water. “I hope I do someday, but it’s off the table right now.” He spent a restless night Saturday, waking up from nightmares, he said. The aftermath of the attack was recorded on cell phone video by someone on the beach who was alerted by the screaming.
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There are plenty of great white sharks in the Southern California surf, but they pose no danger to beachgoers, according to Randy Hamilton, a shark expert with California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium. “I just go back to the last 50 years on how many great white sharks have actually caused a death in Southern California,” Hamilton said in a CNN interview in December. “I only know of one incident where someone got a nip on the foot.” The great whites around Southern California are juveniles, also known as “young of the year.” At less than 18 months old, they only eat fish, Hamilton said. When the sharks approach adulthood, they relocate to the cooler waters near San Francisco, where they change their diets to mammals — sea lions and seals, he said. Shark attacks are still pretty rare, but they have increased at a steady rate since 1900, “with each decade having more attacks then the previous,” according to statistics from the International Shark Attack File based in Gainesville, Florida. ISAF says on its website that in 2013 there were 72 unprovoked shark attacks on humans, actually the lowest number of global attacks since 2009, when 67 attacks occurred.
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