Shark attacks in California part 2, Shark versus surfer

Surfing is a symbol of the casual life at the ocean, thus the saying “Life’s a beach.” Although it was not invented in California, it was made famous here. In the 1950s, the Americans had more free time, the gasoline was cheaper and so they spent more and more time on the beach. The surf boom found its climax in the midst of freedom-seeking youth. The commercialization of a subculture was the result of the popularization of surfing. Only by the increased free time of the working population due to…

Read More

Shark attacks in California part 1

People across the globe have always been fascinated by California: The dream of being a Hollywood star, seeing the streets of San Francisco, visiting the blue Pacific and being around the beautiful people! Even the Beach Boys said California Girls are the prettiest girls in the world. Only one thing makes life on the coast of California less pretty for divers, surfers and swimmers—sharks! But according to a new study, the risk of a shark attack has dropped sharply. The Bermuda Triangle in the Atlantic Ocean, Death Valley in the…

Read More

Interview with California great white shark attack survivor Grigor Azatian

2017 shark attack bite_Grigor_Azatian_11_24_17_USA_California_Monterey-Bay_Still-Water-cove_great_white_Shark__scar_2

Under a slightly overcast sky on November 24, 2017 Grigor Azatian and his father Armen were diving off the coast of Pebble Beach when he was bitten by a great white shark. The 25-year-old and his father had fished the area before, and Grigor, who had been spearing for 12-years and diving even longer, had just taken a couple of fish. His father wasn’t having much luck, but Grigor knew there were more fish in the area and suggested his father go back down. While floating at the surface Grigor…

Read More

Spearfisherman attacked by great white shark in California

A spearfisherman was bitten by a great white shark in California November 24. Grigor Azatian was fishing with his father off Monterey Bay in Still Water Cove on Friday afternoon. The experienced fisherman had speared three fish and pointed his father Armen, who was hadn’t taken any fish to a better spot. Grigor swapped out his speargun for a camera and dove down to take a few photographs, but resurfaced and grabbed his gun again. When the 25-year-old dove down in search of fish, he spotted a great white shark…

Read More

California kayaker knocked into water by great white shark

2017 shark attack bite Bean Hollow State Beach california Pat Conroy

A kayaker had a run in with a great white shark off San Mateo County, California. Pat Conroy and a friend were fishing off Bean Hollow State Beach August 1. The duo had been fishing in the calm water for about an hour when Conroy started cutting up bait. That’s when the shark hit and knocked the retired marine scientist into the water. “It hit like a freight train,” he told the Half Moon Bay Review. “I have the image of the shark’s head, three feet out of the water,…

Read More

Sharks bite paddleboard and kayak near Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California great white bite

Thursday saw some serious shark activity off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Bret Jackson was kayaking July 20 around 350 feet east of Stearns Wharf, when a great white shark came from below and bit his kayak from the side. “It came out of nowhere, and the first thing I saw was a giant jaw near my face,” Jackson told Noozhawk. “It was fast, and the shark was hungry.” “It bit on to the kayak next to my arm and side, dove me on the kayak sideways a few…

Read More

Watch: Encounters with great white sharks in California

great white shark New Brighton State Beach

Several videos of encounters with great white sharks in California have been shared online recently. The first encounter was shared by Bonnie Brown who filmed a large great white swimming near her boat July 12. Brown was off New Brighton State Beach on Monterey Bay, which is near Santa Cruz, on a 22-foot boat when she spotted nine white sharks. She was able to submerge her GoPro camera and filmed a large white shark as it investigated the camera. “These sharks may have a menacing grin, but they don’t deserve…

Read More