Sunday, October 25, 2015

Still might not be the best time for surfing

NBC/Associated Press, 10/24/15, includes video, 55 seconds. "Cluster of Great White Sharks seen off Pacifica coast." 

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Yo, "fast food" on surf boards here.
"Experts said a cluster of some 20 great white sharks was recently spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard off Northern California's coast. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday the sharks were seen swimming together last week about 100 yards offshore near the city of Pacifica.  

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary spokeswoman Mary Jane Schramm said two Coast Guard helicopters flying 500 feet above the ocean spotted the group on Friday, Oct. 16. Schramm said most of the sharks were between 10 and 15 feet long and a couple of them were about 18 feet long. The region's sharks can grow up to 21 feet and weigh as much as 7,000 pounds. They typically return from the deep ocean to feed at the Farallon Islands this time of year."

Reference Sharks-World/Great White Shark, "The great white shark is one of the most feared in the world. It is no secret that this is a very aggressive species of shark. They are known for attacking humans as well so it is understandable why those who enjoy the open water find them to be a threat. However, most people who are attacked by a great white shark do survive. Therefore it is believed they feel threatened by the person and only attack in order to protect themselves. .... This particular species of shark lives along the shoreline of various bodies of water around the world. ... The females are often found along the shoreline of California when they are ready to have their pups. Great white sharks have an amazing sense of smell. It is believed they can smell single drops of blood in the water. They also have good eyesight and hearing so they have no trouble hunting for food any time of day or night. Of all the species of sharks, the great white is the only one that will bring its head above water."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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