Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Shark Sightings on N. Oregon Coast Cause for Warnings Around Pacific City

Published 11/07/2017 at 5:57 PM PDT - Updated 11/07/2017 at 6:17 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Shark Sightings on N. Oregon Coast Cause for Warnings at Pacific City

(Pacific City, Oregon) – The Tillamook County Sheriff's office is putting up warnings around the Pacific City area of the north Oregon coast because of numerous shark sightings around those beaches. Starting on November 2, there have been sometimes more than one sighting per day, and authorities are not taking chances. (Photo courtesy Tillamook County Sheriff's office).

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; check for specials now
In Cannon Beach:
Deals beginning now or soon
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Check each listing for specials
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Deals begin soon
In Lincoln City:
Deals on rooms beginning now
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
Specials start in September
In Newport:
Specials and deals beginning
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials
In Yachats, Florence
Specials; lodgings not listed anywhere else

“Swimmers, surfers, fishermen, everyone: beware,” the department said on its Facebook page. “There have been several sightings of large sharks in the area of Cape Kiwanda that started last Thursday November 2nd. Several different individuals have reported seeing them in the days since, including yesterday. So, please use caution in and around the coastal waters.”

Signs are now posted as warnings, according to Tillamook County Emergency Management Director Gordon McCraw.

“One person who saw it said it was at least ten feet long,” McCraw said.

These are just warnings. The sheriff's office is stopping just short of urging people to not go in the water.

“You don't know when they're going to be around,” McCraw said.

There is more than one factor involved in these sightings, however. Currently, surf conditions are flat as a pancake in most areas, which makes seeing any shark much easier. Heavy numbers of salmon and other fish wandering through the north Oregon coast near-shore stretches could be drawing the sharks out as well.

Out of all the sharks normally found on the Oregon coast, Great Whites are about the only ones known for biting humans. It is possible this is not a Great White, however. Two other kinds of sharks known to this region have similar fins: the basking shark and the salmon shark. In fact, the salmon shark is related to the Great White and even looks like it, but a smaller version.

If the witness' size estimate of 10 feet is correct, this would indeed be a Great White.

Other sharks common to the Oregon coast: the Thresher shark, Pacific Sleeper, Blue shark, Short Fin Mako and the Soupfin. More on Cape Kiwanda and Pacific City below, as well as sharks found washed up on Oregon beaches:

Oregon Coast Lodging





Stranded shark photos below courtesy Seaside Aquarium





 

More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 



Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Warm Spell for Oregon Coast, Portland Continues; Beach Hazard for S. Coast
Coastal beaches will be in the 60s, sometimes close to 70 degrees. Weather
Oregon Coast Virtual Tours
Deep details of Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Bay City, Oceanside, Pacific City, Netarts, Neskowin, Lincoln City, Gleneden Beach, Depoe Bay, Newport, South Beach, Waldport, Seal Rock, Yachats, Florence
Nehalem Bay Lodgings; Wheeler, Nehalem, Motels, Hotels
Updated weekly: lodgings in Nehalem Bay, Wheeler, lodging, motels, inns, lodging deals
Cannon Beach Hotels, Lodging, Motels - N. Oregon Coast
Updated weekly: hotels in Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, lodging, motels, inns, lodging deals
Seaside Oregon Coast Hotels, Lodging
Updated weekly: hotels in Seaside, lodging, motels, inns, lodging deals
Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals, Vacation Homes
Astoria rentals, Gearhart rentals, Seaside rentals, Cannon Beach rentals, Manzanita rentals, Rockaway Beach rentals, Bay City rentals, Oceanside rentals, Pacific City rentals, Neskowin rentals, Lincoln City rentals, Gleneden Beach rentals, Depoe Bay rentals, Newport rentals, Waldport rentals, Yachats rentals
Comprehensive Oregon Coast Lodging Guide - Large List
Large list of lodgings w/ photos from Oceanside, Pacific City, Yachats, Newport, Lincoln City, Rockaway Beach, Manzanita, Wheeler, Arch Cape, Depoe Bay, Seaside, Cannon Beach
Oregon Coast Shipwrecks Exhibit Starts Off with Mystery in Cannon Beach
The mysterious beeswax, the offshore lighthouse, more. Cannon Beach events, history

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details