Skip to Content

Shark activity leads to 24-hour advisory by Stearns Wharf

Shark sign
John Palminteri
Shark activity signs were posted for 24 hours in Santa Barbara Sunday near Stearns Wharf after a large shark was feeding on a sea lion. (Photo: John Palminteri)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Shark activity witnessed outside of the Santa Barbara harbor Sunday was a natural feeding but it was close enough to shore to have an advisory issued.

More than one credible witness reported a 14 to 15-ft. Great White feeding on a sea lion near the buoy about a mile out.

At one point the shark came out of the water during the attack according to those in the area.

It was never in near shore waters or inside the harbor.

The Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol, lifeguards and Park Rangers were all notified.

Several signs about the activity were posted as an advisory from East Beach to Leadbetter Beach.

They were up for 24 hours. No other aggressive activity was reported.

The signs were down by mid-day Monday.

Article Topic Follows: Safety

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo

John Palminteri

John Palminteri is senior reporter for KEYT News Channel 3-12. To learn more about John, click here.


News Channel 3-12 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content