On August 25, 2009, Bethany Edmund was swimming about 100 yards off shore at the popular Carlsbad surf spot Terramar when she was attacked by what appears to be a juvenile Great White Shark. The beach is located in North San Diego County, just a few miles North of Solana Beach, where a 66- year old man, Dave Martin, was the victim of a fatal shark attack in April of 2008.
According to a report on the Shark Research Committee website, Bethany was taking pictures underwater with a new camera when she noticed a slight pain in one of her feet. She shrugged the pain off thinking that she had mistakenly kicked the reef. But less than a minute later she felt the same pain and so began to leave the area thinking that she was in an area with a lot of reef. But then when she was swimming away she was struck on the upper right thigh and actually propelled out of the water by the force. She realized what was happening and so began to bodysurf towards the shore only to feel something trying to hold her underwater by the calf. She hoped that it might be one of the other swimmers, but when she surfaced they were about 10 feet away from Bethany. When she started to bodysurf another wave she was struck on the left calf again and held underwater for about 4 or 5 seconds. Luckily, Bethany accidently kicked the shark while underwater, which caused the shark to release her. The attack left Bethany with bruising and several small puncture areas on her calf and foot.
The shark is estimated to be a 5 to 6 foot juvenile Great White shark. To see photos of Bethany’s shark scars and to read a first hand account, click here.