According to a report from shark expert Ralph S. Collier, 39-year old Francisco Francisco Javier Solorio Jr. was killed by a 15 to 16-foot great white shark. Collier made the conclusion after examining Solorio’s body and surfboard. Solorio was bitten in the torso and died from his injuries. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Solorio. He leaves behind a wife and young daughter. We’ll keep you posted on any further information including any kind of fundraising efforts for his family.
As reported on latimesblogs.latimes.com:
Surfer Killed In Great White Shark Attack Suffered Massive Torso Wound
A veteran surfer killed in a shark attack Tuesday suffered a massive wound to the torso, officials said. Officials said a great white shark, estimated at 15 to 16 feet in length, attacked the man.
Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, was an avid surfer who had frequented the spot since he was a boy. He is survived by his wife and their young daughter. Ralph S. Collier, a shark expert from the Shark Research Committee of Chatsworth, made the determination about the shark Wednesday after examining Solorio’s body and the board he was using when the shark attacked, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
Collier said he estimated the size of the shark based on the distance between teeth marks on the board. The beaches at Vandenberg Air Force Base remain under a 72-hour closure.