More sharks, more shutdowns at California beach

A woman attacked by a shark in Southern California appeared smiling in her hospital bed in a newly released photograph, while a new set of shark sightings forced closures of Orange County beaches near the site of her scary shark encounter.

Sunset Beach is just over a mile long and runs between Anderson and Warner Streets.

Maria Korcsmaros can be seen beaming from her hospital bed as a cast blankets almost the entire length of her right arm in a photo provided by the Orange County Global Medical Center. The beach reopened Tuesday, but advisory signs remained as a precaution to the public.

The woman, 52-year-old Maria Korcsmaros, had a bite from a large shark on her upper body, but she is expected to survive.

A police helicopter was conducting a routine flyover of the coast about 3:30 p.m. when officials spotted three sharks near Anderson Street, close to the border between Huntington Beach and Seal Beach, according to Lt. Claude Panis with the Huntington Beach Fire Department's Marine Safety Division.

Considering the size of the bite mark, the shark was at least 10 feet long and most likely was a great white, experts say.

Orange County Global Medical Center provided the photo on Monday toThe Associated Press.

A two-mile stretch of Orange County shoreline remains closed after several large sharks were spotted.

A sheriff's helicopter crew saw the sharks Sunday and Monday. 2 miles of beach from Seal Beach to Huntington Beach was closed.

"That's a safe place for them to kind of hang out, and there's also easy available food source - lots of sting rays, which they love to eat", said Dr. Chris Lowe with the CSULB Shark Lab. Closures following a shark sighting typically last between 12 to 24 hours.

  • Hannah Rogers