Northern California swimmer attacked by great white shark

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A 35-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition Saturday after being bitten by a great white shark during a morning swim south of San Francisco.

The San Mateo Sheriff’s Office announced via Twitter that the man was swimming at Gray Whale Cove State Beach when a shark measuring 6 to 8 feet bit him on the right leg.

The incident occurred at 9:15 a.m. and first responders were on the scene shortly thereafter, according to Cal Fire.

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ABC News reported that the victim was able to swim to shore, where he was treated by paramedics before being transported to Stanford Hospital.

Gray Whale Cove State Beach, between Pacifica and Montara and about 20 miles south of San Francisco, was ordered closed to ocean activity for 48 hours. Montara State Beach also was closed.

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A 6- to 8-foot great white shark would be a juvenile.

–Gray Whale Cove State Beach image is generic