Over the last year we’ve been reminded (perhaps more than necessary) that sharks pose a clear and present danger. Videos like “Me, my shark and I” by Chuck Patterson, touristy Cape Cod beach closures due to Great White sightings, and the unfortunate death of a UCSB student at Surf Beach are responsible for my conscious blaring: the sun has set, everyone is out of the water, why am I still surfing?
Let’s not forget that these instances can happen in the absence of surfers, go-pro cameras, or real media coverage. On January 20th, construction workers were caught off guard when a Great White shark beached itself on shore at a construction site in Malibu, CA. A few bystanders approached the shark as it snapped and nashed its teeth violently. Happening in a matter of moments, no one was hurt and the shark was able to swim away. The photo here is one of two that were taken.
We all have different coping mechanisms when it comes to sharks. Maybe you’ll ignore the amazing creatures all together. Others will stay away from certain surf spots, decline on sunset sessions, or opt out on paddling the channel for epic tubes at South Straddie. Or, in true American style, you can always just buy something to chase away your fears: shark shield, shark repellent, or shark camo. The choice is yours.