The public is being warned about a large shark that a fisherman spotted Friday afternoon at the mouth of the Morro Bay Harbor.
The Harbor Patrol notified the Morro Bay Police Department at about 1:45 p.m. Friday that it had just received information about a credible shark sighting in that location, a police dispatcher said.
“They estimated that it was 18 or 19 feet long,” she said. The Harbor Patrol has posted warning signs in the area.
This was at least the fourth confirmed sighting in waters off San Luis Obispo County in the last month. A fisherman reported seeing a shark between 10 and 12 feet long on July 20 just south of the Avila Beach Pier. On July 5, a shark bit a surfboard with a surfer on it off Oceano on July 5 and later that same day a shark was reported off Pismo Beach.
According to the nonprofit Shark Research Committee, which tracks shark sighting on the Pacific Coast, Morro Bay Harbor Director Eric Endersby reported that a fisherman spotted an 18-foot great white shark about a mile off Morro Bay on July 8.
Endersby could not be reached Saturday.