Shark spotting closes Rodeo Beach

A dead seal riddled with bite marks washed up on Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands just two days before three surfers spotted a shark lurking in the waters off the beach Sunday morning, beach officials said today.

The shark was seen “grabbing and thrashing a seal in the water” off Rodeo Beach by two surfers who were also in the water about 100 feet away from the shark and one surfer watching the scene from a nearby cliff at about 10 a.m., said Golden Gate National Park Area spokesman Rich Weideman.

The beach had been open for the first time since the Nov. 7 San Francisco Bay oil spill for about four hours when the shark was spotted, Weideman said.

“The whole thing never surfaced completely,” Weideman said. “(The surfers) saw a dorsal fin and the shark taking a seal. It had a girth of three people, about 5 feet around.”

After a shark is sighted, Golden Gate National Park protocol is to close the beach nearest the sighting for five days, according to Weideman.

Rodeo Beach is expected to reopen Friday.

Weideman added there has never been a shark attack on a human reported off Rodeo Beach.

It is not known for sure if the lifeless seal that washed ashore Friday obtained its bite marks from a shark, according to Weideman.

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