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Shark takes 'play bite' at man off La Jolla, lets him go uninjured

June 9, 2011 |  8:25 am

A 28-year-old man says a shark grabbed his leg while he was spearfishing off the Children's Pool in La Jolla but did not seem determined to chomp down.

Justin Schlaefli said he and two friends were spearfishing when he "looked down and the shark had my calf in its mouth and bit down three times."

Schlaefli put his account on Shark Attack Survivors, a website that collects reports of shark bite episodes.

The shark, which he described as a 6- to 8-foot sevengill shark, let loose of his calf, Schlaefli said. The "bite was firm but not a full-fledged bite and tear sort of bite," he said, more like a ''play bite" from a dog.

The Monday afternoon incident was reported to La Jolla lifeguards.


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