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Oceano man admits posing with great white shark, authorities say

Video shows large shark swimming near Pismo Beach Pier

Surfers spotted a large shark swimming next to the Pismo Beach Pier on Saturday, July 9, 2016.
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Surfers spotted a large shark swimming next to the Pismo Beach Pier on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

An Oceano man has turned himself in to authorities after California Fish and Wildlife officials said they were looking for the fisherman who posed with a great white shark on the Pismo Beach pier last month.

According to officials, Joshua Carr, 25, was the man who allegedly caught and posed for multiple photos with a small great white shark on June 22, an infraction that could carry up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

“Callers identified the subject, and he ultimately turned himself in and was cooperating with our investigation when we interviewed him at 11 a.m. today,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Todd Tognazzini wrote in an email to The Tribune on Tuesday.

Tognazzini said media coverage on Monday calling for witnesses to come forward to provide more information about the incident helped identify Carr.

The investigation will be handed off to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office for review once the investigation is complete, Tognazzini said. The unlawful taking of a great white shark can be a misdemeanor or an infraction.

The infraction could involve fines of no less than $100 and not more than $1,000. If charged as a misdemeanor the maximum sentence would be a fine of $1,000 or a jail sentence of six months, or both.

Surfside Donuts, a donut shop in Pismo Beach, shared a video taken Saturday, July 9, 2016, that shows a shark that appears to be a great white swimming near the Pismo Beach Pier.

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