In a rare occurrence in local waters, Captain Todd Mansur of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching spotted a great white shark Tuesday and was able to catch it all on YouTube video here.
He was out during a whale watch in the evening aboard the Dana Pride with 149 passengers and headed home, just above North Beach in San Clemente. While the group was observing three blue whales, Mansur stopped the 95-foot boat abruptly.
It was then that Mansur announced over the loudspeaker: "Guys, we seem to be in the path of a great white shark."
Mansur said the 10- to 12-foot shark was indeed heading straight for the boat.
"This was the first time on record our passengers got to see a great white—truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience," he said Wednesday.
"We were in 20 fathoms when Todd yells at me, 'Hey it's a shark!' So, naturally, I am thinking a little mako or blue shark, possibly a thresher. Well, how about this little 12-foot great white? Amazingly enough, he swam by the boat for about five to six minutes and finished with this ending scene. It only took 47 years to see one of these in the area. Pretty sweet," recalled Captain Larry Hartmann.
The boat arrived safely back to the dock minus any shark attack.