Ive been a fan of the white shark ever since my 5th grade summer, I watched as a local fisherman pulled a 10ft white shark up to the Avila Beach, Ca.
Only to lose it because neither the fisherman or his buddy brought a gaff hook and they tried to walk it in from the end of the pier to land it on
the beach, but when they got it in the break, it started to really thrash about and the line broke.
They worked it for about 2-1/2 -3 hrs on 40lb? line, was very entertaining for an 11year old lad.
And I swam in those waters all the time, even at night we swam out to the end of the pier.
But then a couple of weeks later I saw "Jaws", I didnt swin out to the end of the pier anymore, in the day or night.
Our waters here off of central cal, are teaming with white sharks, and the area bounded by bodega bay in the north, morrow bay to the south and the
farallon islands to the west is full of seal and sea lion breeding colonies.
And they follow the seals as they do thier migratory thing.
The behavior of the california white sharks has been shown to be very complicated indeed, a far cry from the "mindless eating machines" that they
have been made out to be.
It has been found that they live in loose matriarchal groups, with an alpha female, subordinate and younger females and young males, with the adult
males living on their own.
And the groups compete over territory when they happen to be in the same place.
It is know that they work togther at times to catch prey.
One group even hunted down and killed a particular killer whale that was an avid shark killer.
They would follow the seals from the breeding grounds on the cal. coast and the farallon islands out to thier several month stay in th open ocean.
The seals migrate out to waters north of hawaii where they live for several months without making landfall.
The sharks follow them, prey on the seals and wht ever comes along.
It was also found that the white sharks SLEEP
: o, it used to be though that white sharks didnt really sleep they just cruised on auto pilot to
At night they observed the white sharks diving to depths of 1,000' and going to sleep, floating nose down with the current in a thermocline, in
groups. After several hours they wake up and go hunting again, and they patrol the same territories.
A group of several young white sharks possibly killed a young whale, and were feeding on the carcass, when the alpha female showed up. All of the
subordinate sharks moved away from the carcass till the alpha female ate her fill, then they went back to it.
And when the killer whale pods show up the sharks will dissapear.
Any way I dont think the shark if there was one was 7 meters thats pretty f'@#*ing big, people would see it.
Big white sharks can move through pretty shallow water but 150m of knee deep water I dont know.
It could have gotten into the lagoon durin a storm surge or unusually high tide, but chances are it would die, white sharks are notoriously hard to
keep alive in captivity, even in huge tanks that all sorts of other sharks, even ocean going sharks, do just fine in.
7 meters is a monster, that same summer as jaws one of the coastal aqauriaums had a 16' preserved white shark OMG that was a big scary looking
animal I think it weighed 2500 lb.
I remember when I was about 15, reading an account of a couple who sailed around the world in their 60' yatch, when they were off the coast of chile
a shark came up to the surface near their boat.
The skipper estimated its length to be about 40', he was able to get one polaroid of it just as it slipped below the surface.
In the photo it looked big, the fins were just going under.