Results from DNA testing of a wetsuit worn by a teenage boy bitten by a shark last month while lobster diving in Encinitas confirmed he was attacked by a great white shark, officials said Wednesday.
Lifeguards and scientists had suspected from the beginning that they were dealing with a white shark, which witnesses described as being about 11 feet long.
But results obtained Friday of analysis of a DNA sample swabbed from the wetsuit of 13-year-old Keane Webre-Hayes provided conclusive evidence that a white shark was responsible.
“Shark bite incidents are exceedingly rare, considering the number of people that use Southern California waters, but people do need to be aware that the fall season is a time when more large juvenile and adult sharks may be moving along the coast,” Chris Lowe, director of Cal State Long Beach’s Shark Lab, said in a statement.
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