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Posted by DeepScuba on August 27, 2003 at 09:01:35:

In Reply to: Great White Sharks Off San Onofre Beach posted by Chris on August 27, 2003 at 03:18:42:

Having read the news article Chris posted, I am amused by the local slant on the GWS.

Up north, you hear, 'Oh they are rare around here. They are mostly around the Farallons, then in late summer they migrate south to warmer waters.'

Down south, you just read, 'Oh they are rare around here. They are mostly up north in colder waters.'

Both locations strive to protect their beach and ocean local cottage industries with their local slant in the news.

Truth is, GWSs are in all ocean waters, wherever they want to be. When you are a prime predator, at the top of your food chain, you go wherever you want to go, to seek a meal.

Lets review the list of prime predators:

Humans
Orcas
GWS
Salt water crocadiles
Polar bears
Grizzlies
Bengal tigers
African lions

Notice how they tend to be geographically segregated, and do not normally invade each others turf. Good idea, huh?

Now is not a good time to go swimming, surfing, or scuba diving off San Onofre. No matter what the local news slant is.


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