SAMOA SURFERS CONTINUE TO FLOAT IN WAKE OF SHARK ATTACK
Samoa, CA- Now four days after Scott Stevens was attacked by a shark, surfers continue to float the water at the North Jetty. Jacob Sundeoo has been surfing all his life, he told us he’s had numerous shark encounters. Sundeoo said, "I’m from here and I’ll surfer here till the day I die… it swam up about ten feet from me and let me go that day… it’s the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced. I had almost post traumatic stress for a couple of months."
In the wake of the recent shark attack, Sundeoo considered staying out of the water. He said, "this time of year and October its super scary because that's when the sea lions are feeding."
However, he told us that surfers took to the north jetty the day after the attack. One surfer added, "You can't get too crazy about it. They're there and everybody knows."
He told us that sharks are just a hazard of the sport, and that he will continue to surf. Another surfer added, "every year there's kind of a presence. Sometimes people get bumped and sometimes they just see it."
Officials at the department of fish and game tell us that beach goers really have nothing to worry about. Dan Roberts told us that shark attacks occur because most of the time the shark thinks the surfer is a seal or sea lion. He said, “You more likely to be killed in everyday activities like driving and getting out of bed than you are getting attacked by sharks… humans are not a regular part of a sharks diet. Most attacks are believed to be a case of mistaken identity."
Roberts assures us that the beaches are safe… but to always be aware of your surroundings when swimming or surfing at local beaches.