(click on above video to see headlines of the past)
(click on above video to see a memorial
The below words were taken from the
State of California, Department Of Fish
Game, Marine Fisheries Branch, Fish
Bulletin No. 91, COMMON OCEAN FISHES
OF THE CALIFORNIA COAST 1953 by Phil
Carcharodon carharias (Linnaeus)
Usually found in the open ocean.
Cosmopolitan in temperate and tropical
seas but rare off California. It is
voracious and is known to have killed
man: a man-eater was probably
responsible for the only fatal attack
recorded in California. A record
specimen (Australia) was 36 1/2 feet
long; the largest California specimen
was reported to be about 32 feet long.
Unauthorized name, great white shark...
(note...How 50 years has changed the above description...abaloneten)
(click on above link to read a great
article relating to the GWS)
SHARK ATTACK CHARTS, PICTURES, and STATS follow written information.
(the three pictures below show a GWS having a snack at the Farallon Islands....these pictures were taken by Mike Grummell of Santa Rosa, CA..Mike is an avid photograper and diver)
The bench below is a tribute to Randy Fry who was killed by a Great White Shark in August 2004. The table is located on the bluffs above the site where Randy lost his life. The memorial table is located about 10 miles north of Ft. Bragg and 5 miles south of Westport. Randy did so much for diver's rights.....
The California Predator was written by Eric Anderson in the early 90's and published in 1995. (ISBN 1-56901-588-0) It is a short read (144 pages). The story is fictional based on true accounts. To order a signed copy ($10.00 for book and shipping to US) send email to firstname.lastname@example.org ...
Eric Anderson presenting shark attack data to Gualala's Lions Club...(photo by Betty Bailey)
Diving in California’s Great White Shark (GWS) waters….by Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson holding jaws of a 9' GW caught in Tomales Bay in the 70's....Imagine what the size of a 20'er would look like.
I’ve been diving California ocean waters for 45 years and have logged nearly 2000 dives, both SCUBA and free diving. During my many dives I have only seen one GWS; hopefully, I will not come across another. Luckily, we were not on the menu that morning when we were free diving for halibut in Tomales Bay. However, I do feel fortunate to have seen the “eating machine” in a true scenario. That summer morning in 1973 launched my interest in tracking and researching California shark attacks. My attack data comes from countless hours of research in numerous libraries scanning old newspapers for shark encounters. I’ve also read many books on GWS attacks, and let me tell you there are many books out there on the subject. And, I use the web now and then to fill in the blanks…I have interviewed a few of the victims; the victims I have interviewed still dive too. Guts or insane? My attack counts do not coincide with some of the known experts because my modus operandi is a little different. For instance, myCalifornia stats have more attacks and deaths than the state and other experts. In short, I count MIA’s (victims not recovered) as deaths, and, I count an attack without an injury as an attack. My theory is, you don’t have to win a purple heart to have been in a battle. …Following are a few hints how to avoid being a shark attack victim. It’s worked for me for 45 years.
* My shark attack data is continually being updated. The charts below include the recent attack that took the life of Lucas Ransom on 10/22/2010.
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The top poster displays all of the shark attacks reported in California through 2006. The categorized stats are depicted by the following: county, red triangle, activity, and fatal.
My accumulated data indicates the number one activity prior to shark attack is diving. This includes SCUBA, hookah, and free diving. Surfing is the number two activity, followed by swimming and kayaking. The last few years of attack data indicate that surfing may soon be overtaking diving as the most "sharky" sport. Diving attacks are dropping a little because abalone diving is no longer legal in San Mateo county and sea urchin diving has declined. My records indicate the three top counties for attacks are Marin, San Mateo, and Sonoma. My fatal attack counts are not the same as the experts accounts because I use different criteria for counting. I believe my total accounts are not the same as theirs either. My attack data comes from many years of library research, newspapers, and from interviews with some of the victims. Thank God for the web.
There are ways to lessen the chances of an attack. In August, September, and October shark encounters surge. During these months, keep your eyes wide open and stay out of areas that are shark hot spots. Most active divers and surfers know the hot spots. Also, stay near kelp, as hits in kelp beds are nil. The most important tip of all; position your dive partners on the outside of you, and always dive or paddle with a partner that swims or paddles slower than you.
The second poster displays the weapons and sensors a great white possess. We must realize the ocean is the great white's dining room, therefore, we need to be aware during their breakfast, lunch, and dinner time.
The last three graphs display mistakes by years, month, and activity.
The above picture was taken at Dillon Beach in the 70's....The GWS was very active in Tomales Bay in the 70's and 80's.
This is an aerial photo of Tomales Bay more commonly referred to as the north end of the Red Triangle. To the middle of the right side of this picture is a small rock named Bird Rock, and below is a picture of Bird Rock that was taken from shore. This rock is probably the most dangerous rock in the world if you are diving for abalone.
The above map indicates the dates of the shark attacks in the Tomales Bay area.
WARNING: Avoid this area when diving for abalone.....
( above data and pics are property and copyrighted by eanderson)
note...click on link below and read the latest news about the "shark shield."