DNA confirms a great white shark bit California boy

DNA testing has revealed the shark that attacked a 13-year-old boy last month off a Southern California shore was a great white, according to a report.

Scientists gathered the shark's DNA by swabbing the wet suit Keane Webre-Hayes wore when he was bitten while diving for lobsters near Encinitas, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday.

The bite on Sept. 29 tore his back, shoulder, torso, face and ear. The teen was released from a hospital after surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Witnesses estimated the shark was about 11 feet long.

Chris Lowe, director of Long Beach State University's Shark Lab, said in a statement that while "shark bite incidents are exceedingly rare," swimmers should be aware that more large sharks move along the coast during the fall season. Southern California is a known nursery area for white sharks.

Dawn Kamber