Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

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Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane
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This photo was taken on Sunday at Santa Claus Lane. Pictured are my son and daughter and their step-dad in what appears to be about 3' of water approx 10 yards from shore. This beach is adjacent to a great white breeding gound and it is not uncommon to see the baby sharks swimming in the surf but I'm surprised to see one so close to swimmers.

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pii Aug 09, 2018 08:33 AM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

From Wikipedia: "male great white sharks reach sexual maturity at age 26, while females take 33 years to reach sexual maturity.[9][78][79] Maximum life span was originally believed to be more than 30 years, but a study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution placed it at upwards of 70 years. Examinations of vertebral growth ring count gave a maximum male age of 73 years and a maximum female age of 40 years for the specimens studied. The shark's late sexual maturity, low reproductive rate and slow growth make it vulnerable to pressures such as overfishing and environmental change.[8]" It goes on to say that breeding is suspected near the Sea of Cortes for the N Pacific population.

a-1576184148 Aug 08, 2018 11:29 PM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

Wait a sec. So . . . the Edhat reader who submitted this photo thought a swim fin was a shark's fin? Didn't this reader ask her family "Hey. Was that a shark's fin?" Or is this some lame attempt at a viral hoax?

Lina24 Aug 08, 2018 08:41 PM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

We saw a shark swimming there last year. About nine dolphins were trying to keep it away from the swimmers. When I ran out to warn some surfers who were about to jump on their boards, 2 dolphins swam between us and jumped in the air, twirling around each other, twice. They were warning them too! It was super cool.

destag Aug 09, 2018 08:07 AM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

As a scuba diver and snorkeler there are 2 ways. 1, best if not a rocky entry, put on fins and walk backwards into the water until about 3 or 4' deep. 2, if rocky or slippery carry your fins to about 3 or 4' deep water and put them on there. These methods are taught by all certified scuba schools.

pstarSR Aug 08, 2018 07:45 PM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

when wearing fins, how does one enter the water? or do they automatically enter deeper than 3 ft because of the fins?

GeneralTree Aug 08, 2018 01:26 PM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this island. $10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.

a-1576184148 Aug 08, 2018 11:04 AM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

Flicka, you're partly right ..maybe.. your comment.. "The beach there may not be a breeding ground but it seems lately the youngsters like hanging out there" Maybe it is a breeding ground and is the reason for all of the kids.. they all came back to see where it all started.. (for them).. lol The rest of you put the pipes down .. its' the swimmer's foot fin.

mtndriver Aug 08, 2018 03:56 AM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

As snaps said, not a shark! A foot in a swim fin, belonging to the man next to the boogie board.

Bodyboarder73 Aug 07, 2018 05:54 PM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

http://www.coastalview.com/news/swimming-with-sharks-carpinteria-s-white-shark-population-continues-to/article_0bed10a6-8ec3-11e8-847a-9b8c4b8c7cae.html

Flicka Aug 07, 2018 05:38 PM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

The beach there may not be a breeding ground but it seems lately the youngsters like hanging out there. As I recall we've had other photos of them here on Edhat, even a video once. It would definitely be dangerous if the big ones were actually breeding there.

pstarSR Aug 07, 2018 04:44 PM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

santa clause beach is NOT next to a great white shark breeding ground. the breeding ground is WAY out in the ocean near the Islands where the seal population is. please dont spread false info about sharks, it makes people scared for no reason.

a-1576184148 Aug 08, 2018 12:37 AM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

It's close enough! You really think that the youngsters wouldn't wander around that far from the breeding grounds? Most youngsters are curious and go places that the adults might stay away from anyway. I'm sure they don't just stay in the breeding grounds, no matter what their mom tells them to do.

snaps Aug 07, 2018 01:06 PM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

The person on the board is wearing swimming fins and they are popping out of the water. Not a shark.

a-1576184148 Aug 07, 2018 11:07 AM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

Welcome to the neighborhood of Carcharodon carcharias. You won't catch me swimming in his/her backyard. Or s/he won't catch me . . . I like my arms and legs.

a-1576184148 Aug 07, 2018 09:21 AM
Shark Sighting off Santa Claus Lane

It would be interesting to see a photo of what happened immediately after this! Did they recognize that shape as a shark? It's really hard to tell. If it was, OP should report it here: http://www.sharkresearchworldwide.org/form_encounter.htm _________________________ This site keeps track of sightings for research purposes. Great Whites are such mysterious and relatively unknown creatures.

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