Autopsy Confirms Morro Bay Bodyboarder Death Was By Shark Attack

Last Christmas Eve, a bodyboarder was killed off Morro Bay along California’s Central Coast in what was believed to be a shark attack. A few months later, an. autopsy confirmed the initial assessment that the incident was indeed caused by a great white. Here’s more from the Associated Press:

Tomas Abraham Butterfield, 42, was bitten in the head, chest and shoulder in the Morro Bay attack and died from “complications of multiple penetrating blunt force traumatic injuries,” according to a coroner’s report, The Tribune of San Luis Obispo County reported Tuesday.

A piece of what appeared to be a shark’s tooth was found on his body, the Tribune said, citing a report by a sheriff’s detective that was among documents released to the paper under a public records request.

The size or age of the shark wasn’t estimated, but the radius of one bite mark was as large as 16 inches (40.64 centimeters), according to the detective’s report.