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It’s a red alert for great white sharks

It s a red alert for great white sharks SFGate


In the next 2 months, all the factors seem aligned for increased chances of great white shark encounters and attacks off the Bay Area coast.

El Niño factor: This past week, 17 miles off San Francisco, the ocean temperature hit 63.7 degrees, some 7 to 10 degrees warmer than the average for mid-August over the past 10 years. El Niño, in the years when there’s plenty to eat, can bring in the big sharks from across the ocean, with peak numbers from mid-September to early October.

Marine riches: The local coast, from the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary south to Monterey Bay, has produced unexpectedly bountiful marine riches this summer. At times, krill, anchovies and mackerel have covered miles of water. This can attract every fish-eating critter for hundreds of miles to local waters. Mr. Whitey is at the top of the food chain.

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California. We have earthquakes, drought, wild fires, El Niño... And great white sharks!

I wouldn't lump El Nino into that.  We used to pray for it when the surfing and fishing were bad.  Earthquakes, wildfires and droughts?  Not so much.  Though I understand deep forest wildfires to be beneficial to their eco-system.

Not saying they're all bad. Just saying they're all part of life here. :)

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