A recent, non-fatal shark attack on a sea lion has prompted Santa Barbara officials to post warning signs at city beaches today. The attack, confirmed as from a great white shark by the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center, likely occurred in recent days, but officials were notified this morning, putting into action new protocol for such events.
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Today marks the first time the city has launched a new standing operating procedure, which was developed after a similar attack on a sea lion off Stearns Wharf a few months ago. "We think it's good public policy," noted Kronman.
Marine mammals like sea lions are a normal part of a great white shark's diet.
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