Deadly Shark Attack Is First Death in Two Years

Authorities say a California surfer was likely killed by a great white shark.
3:00 | 10/24/12

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Thank you very much. Now, to a rare and deadly shark attack off the california coast. Authorities say it was likely a great white that killed a surfer tuesday. The victim's surfboard has now been recovered. And it has visible signs of vicious bite marks. Abc's rob nelson has the story. Reporter: A man surfing in the waters just north of santa barbara was killed by an apparent shark attack. Witnesses say 39-year-old javier sew solorio was pulled out of the water. The fire department responded to the scene. But it was too late. The coroner's office has recovered the body. We'll do a full investigation to determine where the subject was bit. Any injuries that were inflicted from that bite. He was a really good surfer. Reporter: There had been frequent shark sightings off the coast of this santa barbara beach in the last several months. The beaches are closed and the hunt is on for aler shark. Reporter: This incident marks the second fatal shark attack on this beach within the past two years. In october 2010, 19-year-old college student lucas ransom was killed when a great white shark appeared out of nowhere and pulled him under. Water is -- it's pretty unpredictable. There's too many sharks out here, man. That's my opinion. I wouldn't dare go in there. Could be a breeding ground for sharks. You know, you never know. Something's here that they like. Reporter: For "good morning america," rob nelson, abc news, new york.

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