Shark attacks are on the rise along the California coast. “Beach access to the water is closed today because we had a girl get bit by a shark,” said one park official.  Beachgoers were greeted by scary warning after 35-year-old Leeanne Ericson was attacked in knee-deep water north of San Diego last week. “It was a large wound,” said her surgeon, Dr. Gail Tominaga.  Tominaga said Ericson likely survived because of quick action on the beach.

“That was crucial because they were able to put a big dressing on and a partial tourniquet on to help the bleeding, you know, decrease the bleeding,” Tominaga said.  Marine biologist Dave Bader of the Aquarium of the Pacific said that in his experience, a shark is never intentionally going after a person.  “We know what great white sharks like to eat and especially as juveniles, we know they like to eat small fish,” Bader says. “Nothing on you looks like a small fish.” FULL REPORT