White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

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Saturday April 14 we spotted 3 great white sharks off Santa Claus Beach.  Just wondering why there aren’t any signs posted warning swimmers?

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Lina24 Apr 17, 2018 09:59 PM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

My son and his girlfriend and I saw one there last year. Well we saw the fin. There were quite a few dolphins swimming around it trying to shoo it away. Two surfers started to go in about 70 feet away from it so I ran out to warn them. Right then two dolphins swam up to them, leapt straight up in the air and spun around each other - twice!! It was pretty awesome. They were clearly warning the surfers too!

a-1539956879 Apr 17, 2018 09:23 AM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

The ocean is their home. What are your qualifications to be identifying sharks by finding alone, from the shore, without a photo? You most likely saw dolphins, and even if you did spot 3 sharks, again, that is their home. And how would signs be instantly posted the moment you saw the "sharks"?

sacjon Apr 17, 2018 09:58 AM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

In all fairness, OP hasn't yet explained where they were when seeing the sharks. It would be VERY hard to confirm from the beach, but if on a boat, a Great White shark is pretty unmistakable, especially since there are no other sharks in the area (except Makos, which are further out - pelagic species) that look like a white shark.

a-1539956879 Apr 17, 2018 08:58 AM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

Looks like the spiteful down-voter has arrived! Anyway, to the OP - where were you when you saw the sharks? On the beach or on the water? If you are concerned about swimmers being warned, I'm hoping you reported your sighting!

a-1539956879 Apr 16, 2018 05:27 PM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

There's a highly watchable movie which serves as a cautionary tale. The movie is titled "Jaws." Go into the ocean, swimming, diving, surfing, and you are risking up close and personal interaction with sea creatures. Swimmers, divers, surfers need to understand this fact and be aware that they are not the only nor top predator once they immerse themselves in the ocean. I see shark warning signs as being overkill, especially since the sharks have usually moved on by the time the signs are installed.

a-1539956879 Apr 16, 2018 05:19 PM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

I wish Edhat wouldn't put "White sharks" in the headline. I know it's also okay to call them "White sharks," but that's not typically what we call them around here: Great whites or Great white sharks. I like that Aussies call new surfers (meaning new to the area) "shark biscuits." (Biscuits = cookies in Aussie speak.)

a-1539956879 Apr 16, 2018 07:56 PM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

"White sharks," "whites, "white pointers," etc etc are just commonly used nicknames for the great white shark. What is your objection to using the nickname used here? Are you concerned people won't understand what species was sighted?

Bodyboarder73 Apr 16, 2018 12:15 PM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

I believe that spot is used by juvenile great white sharks to swim and develop their skills. But still very rarely will they attack a human.

sacjon Apr 16, 2018 11:37 AM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

Here's a great place to see recent reports and to submit your reports of sightings and/or attacks: http://www.sharkresearchcommittee.com/pacific_coast_shark_news.htm

a-1539956879 Apr 16, 2018 11:30 AM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

Don't know why but Great Whites seen to like that area. I have heard several reports of sightings over the last couple of years.

a-1539956879 Apr 16, 2018 11:00 AM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

Quick follow up - No need to report shark sightings necessarily, I just asked because OP was wondering about the lack of signs.

a-1539956879 Apr 16, 2018 10:58 AM
White Sharks Spotted Off Santa Claus Lane

Wow! 3 great whites! Did you report this? Any photos? Where they swimming together or did you see 3 in different locations?

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