Seascout-Net Mail Archive for July of 1999: Sharks
Mon, 05 Jul 1999 23:33:52 -0700
Thought I would relate a interesting incident.
On June 26, Albatross took the crew of the Raven (Las Vegas) on a turn
around trip to Anacapa Island.
Weather was typical SoCal "June Gloom", overcast until about the time we
left the island, then the sky opened up! A little bit of bounce on way
out of harbor, otherwise pretty flat.
While there with nearly everyone jumping off top deck, one of the Ravens
asked me about sharks. I responded that only time I had ever seen a
shark at the islands they had been harmless blues and not in area we
The very next day, while having breakfast with a good local friend.
He asked if I heard about the shark? Told him no, he went and got the
Friday paper. Turns out that a 20 or so foot white had been "munching"
on a dead whale just a few days prior about oh seven miles from where we
anchored at the island. A local sportfisher got about 90 seconds of
very good footage that has attracted the attention of the Discovery
Channel folks. They we about about 50 feet away from the dead whale.
Just to put people at ease, article went on to say that there have only
been 100 or so shark attacks on the entire west coast in some 75 or so
years with only 5 or so deaths. (I think that's what it said). Tho,
about 5 or so years ago an urchin diver died from loss of blood after an
attack at San Miguel. (I remember that happening) From my perspective
you have better chances to win the lottery. The theory is that humans
don't taste so good, they take a bite to sample and spit up back out.
David (Raven Skipper), I think it was Mike's brother that asked, but not
Anyway, I found it interesting.
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