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Everyone in San Diego is (justifiably) freaking out over recent sightings of great white sharks near some local beaches. This photo alone is enough to make anyone pause.
It was snapped by a local shooting some surfers enjoying the waves on Wednesday and subsequently sent to news outlet CBS 8. The network in turn sent the image to a local shark expert, who confirmed that the shark in the photo is a 10 to 12 foot great white
Originally posted by Suspiria
OH MY GOD...Imagine the headlines.
Depressed 2012 conspiracy theorist eaten by shark!
You couldn't make that up..
Don't go and get eaten on us ok?
Originally posted by The GUT
Well, maybe I shouldn't be telling this and spreading fear, but a ride in a heli or ultra-light along our populated beaches--East Coast experience--will reveal just how dense and close the sharks often are when we're wading or swimming.
Many are small sand sharks, but there's generally a fairly large percentage of bull sharks and the like too.
You'll see many within 10 feet of swimmers just chilling.
Originally posted by Open2Truth
I don't know if they have always been there, and we are just better at spotting, documenting their presence - or if their numbers are increasing - but great whites were never considered to be a West Coast problem "back in the day." Seems times are changing.....
La Jolla — On August 31, 2011, Maurice Luque of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department reported; “A two-mile stretch of water was closed to the public after lifeguards received reports of a dorsal fin sighting near the Children's Pool in La Jolla. The water one mile in each direction from Casa Reef will be off-limits for 24 hours. The San Diego Police Department's ABLE helicopter was being used to search the area. Three surfers and two boogie boarders reported seeing a 12-inch fin about 2 p.m. -- considered by lifeguards a 'credible sighting' -- prompting lifeguards to evacuate the area. This was the fifth beach closure in more than a week because of possible shark sightings.” Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee