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Fatal Shark Attack Kills Swimmer in San Diego

Shark kills man swimming off the coast of San Diego

Just when you think the water's fine, you get a reminder that you're one wave away from re-entering the food chain. Earlier today a 66-year-old man was killed by a shark at Fletcher's Cove, a beach between Del Mar and Solana. The man was part of a group of people training for a triathlon.

Shark Attack Clears BeachShark Attack Clears BeachAccording to APNews, "Dave Martin, a retired veterinarian from Solana Beach, was attacked by what authorities believe was a great white shark at San Diego County's Tide Beach around 7 a.m., authorities and family friend Rob Hill said."

Dismas Ableman, Solana Beach deputy fire chief told Fox News, "It was obviously a shark attack. He had very severe injuries to both legs. It is very uncommon, we rarely even see sharks here.

Authorities have shut down a 17-mile stretch of beach to find the shark. "It is not an active search-and-rescue," Coast Guard Petty Officer Clinton Dotson told USA Today. "We will help clear the area ... and see if we can spot the culprit."

Can't imagine clearing the beach would take a lot of effort at this point. Just mention "Jaws," and I'm pretty sure the beach would clear faster than rats scurrying off a sinking ship.

According to the Union Tribune, Michelle Von Emster was the last person to have been killed by a shark in San Diego County in 1994. The 25-year-old went for a nighttime swim on April 14 by herself. Part of her body washed up on shore the following day.

No one wants a visual image of what being part of the food chain really means.

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