A woman is recovering after being bitten by a shark on a beach in San Diego last weekend.
Lyn Jutronich, 50, was swimming at Del Mar Beach, just north of downtown San Diego, Friday morning when she felt something bump into her in the water.
At the time of the attack, Jutronich said she and her swimming partner were resting in the water before returning to shore.
“Usually we relax for a few minutes, tread water, talk about what we’re going to eat for breakfast and then we go in,” Jutronich said. NBC 7.
Lyn Jutronich, 50, is recovering after being bitten by a shark on a beach in San Diego on Friday
A person on the beach caught the moment when Jutronich got help from lifeguards after being bitten
“I felt a huge, really hard blow, I don’t know how else to say this, like between my legs and it pushed me,” Jutronich told ABC 10 in San Diego.
It immediately worried her because of the strong hit.
“It hurt and it pushed me up and out of the water,” said Jutronich
Despite having little reason to believe it was a shark, as attacks are relatively rare, she said she knew what was going on almost immediately.
Jutronich, who said she swam competitively in college and swims in the ocean several times a week, jumped right into action and left.
“I looked down and saw the shark biting my thigh,” Jutronich said. ‘Fortunately it has been released. It shook maybe once, that’s what brought me to tears, and then it let go,” she told NBC 7.
Jutronich said everything happened so quickly that some events are still unclear.
After she shook off the animal, she was able to yell at her partner, David, to warn him of the attack.
A shark was spotted off the shore of Del Mar beach last weekend after a woman was bitten on Friday
“I just got bitten, I just got bitten,” she recalls what she said at the time.
“We have to go to the coast, you have to take me to the coast,” she said.
“I still swam with one arm, we just knew we had to go to the side,” Jutronich continued. “And that’s all you’re focused on at that moment.”
Typically a popular destination, Del Mar Beach was closed to the public on weekends
“I just remember saying to him over and over, ‘David, I’ve been bitten, I’m scared, I’ve been bitten.'”
Jutronich and her partner were able to return to the beach and were assisted by lifeguards and first responders.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she has since recovered from her injuries. Doctors treat her for her injuries and remove all bacteria from the shark or ocean.
She is expected to be released from the hospital in the coming days.
Signs were posted on the beach telling visitors the water would be closed due to a recent shark attack
Del Mar Beach was closed for several days after the attack.
“Because I was bitten by a shark, I’m doing pretty well,” she said KSWB.
“My friend sent me an article saying that I should buy a Powerball ticket because apparently the chances of winning the powerball are less than being attacked by a shark, so I got that in front of me.”
Lifeguards at Del Mar Beach have confirmed Jutronich was bitten by a juvenile white shark
Earlier this year CBS published 8 reported that there was an increase in white shark sightings in San Diego County.
dr. Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University Long Beach, told the outlet that the province of Southern California is a hotspot for the animals and has become a “nursery” in recent years.
“We started seeing juvenile white sharks in San Diego County about 2 years ago, and now that’s one of our biggest hot spots,” Lowe said.
The sharks range from four to nine feet before they are six years old.
Juvenile white sharks have migrated to San Diego County in recent years as the population has recently seen a resurgence
Before they reach adulthood, the animals seek out shallower water because they believe it is safer near the coast.
“People don’t often think that a 5-foot white shark is afraid of anything, but they are,” Lowe told CBS 8. “So they’re born, they don’t get parental care, all alone, and we think the The reason why they choose shallow water on the beach is that it is a safe place for them.’
In the same interview, Lowe said that shark attacks with the juvenile great white sharks and are incredibly uncommon.
“There is a relatively low risk of people being injured by those young white sharks that use our popular beaches as their nursery,” said Dr. lowe.
According to an expert, young great white sharks swim closer to shore where they believe the waters are safer
In the United States, there have been more than two dozen shark attacks across the country so far this year.
Data collected by the Wall Street Journal shows that most of the attacks have occurred on the coasts of Florida, with 28 in total and only two of them provoked.
The most common form of unprovoked bites are so-called ‘hit and run’ attacks, the museum says. These normally take place in the surf zones as coastal shark species track schools of fish close to shore,” said a WSJ report.
Most sharks do not return after inflicting an initial injury, such as a bite or cut.
The most common states for attacks are Florida, Hawaii, California and South Carolina.