|Bethany Hamilton (left)
appears at events providing inspiration. She lost her left arm to a
shark attack while surfing in her native Hawaii, but continues to
surf in competitions.
Beach Safety! When discussing
California Beach Safety, nobody wants to think about sharks. The
monstrous, stealthy creatures of the sea that make mincemeat out of
sweet little 1,000 pound seals and sea lions are a fact of life.
They rarely attack and kill humans, but when they do, all eyes are
on the sea and the thought that you or I could be next. By the
numbers, your chances of being in an airplane wreck are much
greater. But the publicity surrounding the rare instances of human
attack by sharks is so great that we can't escape remembrances of
the movie, "Jaws".
In a study of tagged great white sharks, transmitters reveal that the sea creatures pass under the Golden Gate bridge and come into the San Francisco Bay. Five out of 78 sharks with acoustic transmitters have sent out signals in the San Francisco Bay during several years of tracking from 2006 to 2008, according to a finding reported in a scientific journal.
Stories abound about surfers encountering sharks--Bethany Hamilton, a 20-year old American surfer was attacked by a 14 ft tiger shark at Tunnels Beach, Kauai around 7:30 in the morning. The shark ripped off her left arm just below the shoulder and she survived. She now acts as a champion In California a triathlon swimmer was killed in Solana Beach at Fletcher Cove several years ago as he swam at the back of a group of swimmers training. The shark caught the last one in the pack and killed the 66-year old retired local vetinarian. Another shark attack remembered by locals in Avila Bay (San Luis Obispo County) happened when a swimmer wearing a wet suit swam near the sea lions and seals and was attacked and killed in 2003.
California shark attack deaths in history:
April 2008: Swimmer at Fletcher Cove, San Diego County
August 2004: Diver at Ten Mile River Beach, Mendocino County
August 2003: Swimmer at Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County
December 1994: Diver at San Miguel Island, Santa Barbara County
January 1989: Kayaker at Paradise Cove, Los Angeles County
September 1984: Diver at Pigeon Point, San Mateo County
December 1981: Surfer at South Moss Beach, Monterey County
June 1959: Swimmer at Alligator Head, San Diego County
May 1959: Swimmer at Baker Beach, San Francisco County
April 1957: Swimmer at Atascadero Beach, San Luis Obispo County
December 1952: Swimmer at Point Aulone, Monterey County