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At Manhattan Beach, shark-bite incident feeds an issue
At Manhattan Beach, shark-bite incident feeds an issue

I'm paddling through the playground of the great white shark about 100 yards offshore, just south of Manhattan Beach Pier, straight out from that first lifeguard stand, roughly the site of Saturday's attack. My Walden Pond. Well, maybe that's a little generous. Walden Pond never had riptides and 6-foot waves, or black-eyed monsters swirling beneath. It's 9:30 a.m., about the same time as Saturday's shark attack. What's different? Not much. As on any July morning, surf thrashes the pier. Though sizable, the waves are breaking fanny over face, making them a tricky ride. At one point, my longboard lurches for the sky and shears the tiny cord that links us together. The board washes...

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