Great white sharks swarm to area in summer

113

Surfers and kayakers often take advantage of summer and fall weather along the California coast, but that bracing dip in the murky Pacific can also be a rather chilling gamble against a ghastly fate.

That's because on the West Coast those seasons belong to the great white shark.

The ferocious predators are out there now patrolling the coastline in what experts believe are increasing numbers.

"There seems to be more sharks in the water, but we don't have enough evidence yet to support that," said John McCosker, a shark expert and chairman of aquatic biology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. "There have certainly been more sightings."

10

Zurffy
4 years ago

I think that's the scariest picture I've seen! And this is the scariest post yet!
Well done @Sharky!

Whitey looks Mighty...
And I get frighty

...til someone says: "DOLPHIN!"

magic_surf_bus
4 years ago

Let your booties get really moldy smelling, and they will know from 100 yards that you are not a tasty sea lion.

duckdive
4 years ago

The evil menacing grin is scary for sure.

tracey
4 years ago

Peep! :S

duckdive
4 years ago

Is that a dolphin I hear peeping?

H20MansLibrary
4 years ago

That's an uplifting article. My favorite quote is the part about doing your surfing between January and July when the sharks are in deep water off Hawaii. Too bad the surf is shite in SF during most of those months. Kinda bummed that whitey likes to swim around here when the surf starts working.

Kooktastic
4 years ago

acquaintance who tags sharks has good news and bad news.

bad news: they like to hang out just outside the breakers in OB.

good news: OB landlords don't hunt in OB. They hunt in Marin and for some reason make a beeline for OB right after feeding

Hodad
4 years ago

Maybe having booty funk is a good thing? LOL!

H20MansLibrary
4 years ago

@kooktastic...what avenue?

whoa
4 years ago

I've wished I had the attention span to learn Flash or something so I could put together a "LIVE" map showing the tracked positions of tagged sharks by OB. You'd see that they tend to cluster around the most popular peaks.

dakota
4 years ago

http://las.pfeg.noaa.gov/TOPP/

click on zone 3 (its very small) for monterey bay area on the map nav.

whoa, if you have access to a tagged white data stream, push it somewhere, someone can mash it up with a map api or something pretty quick...

oh, you can also download this: http://mola.stanford.edu/public/kochevar/GTOPP_LC/White%20sharks.kmz and open it in google earth, the desktop edition, and get some nice tracks in the area...

Kooktastic
4 years ago

@H20Man: apparently the landlords like to congregate at #######, ######### and sometimes ########.

Hope that helps!

Hodad
4 years ago

Oh yea? ####### and ######## also ######## That helps a lot LMAO!!

Dingo
4 years ago

So let me get this right. These guys come here to the Bay Area in the best surfing season, they hangout near the best OB breaks but take regular trips up to Marin to check out what's happening there. When the surf sucks here they head to Hawaii. Are these guys on the ASP Circuit??

Dingo
4 years ago

@dakota. Thanks or those links. Its cool to see the little fellas swimming around on google earth, lookin' for kooks to munch on.
Now all we need is for someone to tag ALL the men in grey and then we can get the iShark app uploaded to our boards.

Login or register to post comments