Expert: SD Surfer Bit Postmortem

sevengill shark

A seven gill shark as seen in a San Diego kelp bed

Expert: Deceased San Diego Surfer Bit Postmortem

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Shark Bites Surfer After Drowning: Scientist
The body of a missing surfer was found with shark bites Wednesday night

A surfer who was found dead near Tourmaline Surf Park Wednesday night was apparently bitten by a shark after he drowned, according to officials. Marine biologist Dr. Andy Nosal from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography was able to look at the photos from the body and said it appeared the victim died of drowning.

"The bites that were observed on the body when it washed ashore were inflicted postmortem," he said.
Nosal said the body sustained heavy trauma and the bite marks were definitely from a shark, but not a large one. "It's probably not a great white, most likely it was a sevengill shark which is very common in the kelp forest between La Jolla Cove and Pacific Beach where this occurred," he said.