A bloody attack in the surf last weekend has kept some prime California beaches closed while authorities figure out exactly what left Maria Korcsmaros with a massive wound in the shape of what a doctor described as "obviously a mouth." The guess is a great white shark.
"You could see individual marks from individual teeth," Dr. Phillip Rotter of Orange County Global Medical Center told The Associated Press
in describing Korcsmaros' wound, which stretched from her shoulder to her pelvis.
It's unknown whether Korcsmaros, 52, would regain full use of her arm. She also suffered fractured ribs, lung lesions and damage to her abdomen from what marine biologist Chris Lowe said was likely a great white shark at least 10 feet long, the AP said.
The mother of three was training for a half-triathlon over the weekend when she "felt something hit her," according to reports.
Officials closed area beaches and searched miles of shoreline by boat and helicopter but didn't find the shark, The Los Angeles Times
reported. One stretch of shoreline reopened on Tuesday, but Corona del Mar State Beach where the attack occurred remained closed.
At the time of the attack, lifeguards patrolling about 30 yards away witnessed "an unusual splash of white water and saw the woman jolted to the side," the Times said. They didn't see a shark as they pulled her onto their boat and applied a tourniquet to her arm.
“It was very fortunate we had a boat patrolling in the area,” Newport Beach Chief Lifeguard Rob Williams told the Times.
Lowe, director of Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, said that while shark attacks remain rare, they are expected to increase as populations rise, and he told CBS News
that an abundance of fish and warm water caused by El Niño are drawing more great white sharks to the area.
"I think the rate of shark attack is going to continue to go up," Lowe said. "And the reason for that is simple math."
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