After a young 7-foot great white shark bit a long-distance swimmer off Manhattan Beach Pier earlier Saturday, police have banned fishing from the pier until Tuesday.
The swimmer, described only as 35 to 40 years old, was bitten once on the right side of his ribcage. He was in stable condition at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. His name has not been released.
Witnesses told authorities the shark bit the anchovies-and-sardines bait on the hook a fisherman had thrown from the edge of the pier, a popular fishing spot.
They said the shark was hooked for about 45 minutes and was thrashing in the water when it bit the swimmer about 9:30 a.m.
"He was trying to get off the line," said Capt. Tracy Lizotte, a Los Angeles County lifeguard. "He was agitated and was probably biting everything in his way and then the swimmer swam right into the shark's line."
Lizotte said it's not uncommon for sharks to swim in waters past the pier's edge, but they usually avoid people.
"That's where they live," Lizotte said. "It's their home."