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Redding Woman Taking Photos of a Shark Gets Bit

A 59 year old Redding woman was bitten on her lower leg by a salmon shark. Officials say she was wading about a foot deep in the water, trying to snap a photo of the predator.

Posted: Jul. 17, 2018 2:18 PM

TRINIDAD STATE BEACH, Calif. - A Redding woman is recovering from a shark bite at Trinidad State Beach.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office says a 59 year old Redding woman was bitten on her lower leg by a salmon shark on Sunday. They say she was wading about a foot deep in the water, trying to snap a photo of the predator.

The Sheriff's Office says the woman's injuries were minor.

Brian Tissot, Director of the Marine Lab at Humboldt State University, said,"They will actually chase their prey, salmon, or even other fish." He said they go "right into the surf to get them, and sometimes right up on the beach."

The sharks are very aggressive, and Tissot says beach visitors should leave them alone. 

"Give them a chance to get back in the water," he asks.

Experts say the sharks are in the area as part of their migration pattern. Right now females are giving birth to their young, and they are also hunting salmon,  which are migrating right now into the river systems.

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