Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Sharks: You Decide
The Register had another story on shark attacks at Orange County Beaches yesterday. They give the opinions of three people: A shark expert, a surfer, and a lifeguard at Huntington Beach.
You have your choice of whom to believe:
1. A scientist who has studied sharks for the last 45 years. He formerly worked for the Smithsonian Institute and the Office of Naval Research. He currently is a great white shark expert on the Shark Research Committee. He says that the teeth marks on the surfboard are those of a 16 to 17 foot great white shark. He says that the great white sharks, and other sharks, are in the waters off Orange County beaches. Further, he says "We have to realize our place in nature. We're subject to the animals that live there. For anyone to assume that couldn't happen, they're foolish."
2. The surfer whose surfboard was bitten. He saw a big shark nearby before the attack, but did not see the shark when it bit the back of his surfboard (while he was on it).
3. A lifeguard who is out of a job if no one comes to the beach because of the sharks. Although he just hauled a Mako shark up onto the same beach, he denies that there are great white sharks in the area. He says the only great whites sharks that he ever heard of nearby were three that hung out at San Onofre. The lifeguard seems unaware that the famous great white shark that was kept at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium a few years ago was caught off Huntington Beach and that another great white was caught right off the Huntington Beach pier just two years ago. The Register's article mentions both of these facts.