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Sharks Attracting Attention In San Diego Waters

I heavily dispute Cary's assertion re the danger of seven gills. Rank and file divers have little-to-nothing to fear from these residents of the Cove (and elsewhere). Certainly, of course, all marine life is to be respected and not provoked. No attacks have occurred here on anyone other than spearos. And I have to say: Anyone who trails bloody, just-killed fish from their person or a nearby float... or introduces fish blood into the water column in any manner... has nothing to complain about when a shark comes-a-callin'. That, sir, is no commentary on the aggressive or non-aggressive nature of a shark. (By the way: How many spearos, even, have been seriously attacked by a seven gill in the last five decades? I believe I could use the fingers on one hand to tally that number... and not need a few digits. {Wet suit tears by gap-toothed, hillbilly sharks do not count.)

Bumps by a shark have indeed occurred (has happened to me a few times over the decades), but doesn't necessarily indicate aggression. It could just as well indicate curiosity or the fact you didn't get out of their way as they were meandering along their path. (They tend not to veer course for anyone or anything.) Too, it's worth noting again that any bumps that have occurred, on rank and file divers, have not ended with anything close to an "attack".

Everyone should let their common sense and logic rule here. Someone complaining because a seven gill followed them around as they swam with bleeding BAIT on their line/float does not get to trumpet a sharks "aggression". Really now.

June 5, 2013 at 8:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sharks Attracting Attention In San Diego Waters

Actually, the seven gills (and the Topes) are great examples of co-existence. How many snorkelers and distance swimmers at the Cove have swum right over the top of these creatures for DECADES and not even known it. These sharks have little-to-no interest in us at all... unless we're foolish enough to be trailing bloody bait on a line behind us (spearos).

June 4, 2013 at 9:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sharks Attracting Attention In San Diego Waters

Very good read. Having seen these beauties for well over two decades in the Cove (and off other parts of our coast) I expect the increase in sightings is very much as Mr Hyde explained, an increase in divers & divers with cameras, as well as an increase in their numbers. Keep in mind though, even a small increase in seven gill numbers means a LOT more sightings... and doesn't necessarily mean an abundance. Sharks are slow to mature and have few offspring. Losing even a few of these residents could decimate the local populations. Kudos to Mike Bear for recognizing the need for baseline studies and asking the local scientific community for action.

June 4, 2013 at 8:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legislation To Ban Sale, Possession of Shark Fins In California

Good round-table discussion, PBS. My org, Shark Protectorate of San Diego ( ) wholeheartedly supports this important legislation to ban shark fin in California. Why does a species have to reach extinction (or near-extinction) levels before we do anything about it?

February 22, 2011 at 10:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legislation To Ban Sale, Possession of Shark Fins In California

As a 26-year scuba diver I can personally attest to the decline of the shark population locally here in San Diego. Worldwide, the general consenus among orgs who monitor shark populations and the scientific community is that 40-80 millions sharks are taken each year... most for their fins only. That's simply unsustainable (due to the sharks slow growth and slow-to-mature nature). Not to mention the horrendous nature of the "take" itself. Hacking off fins and then throwing the shark back into the ocean to die a slow and terrible death.

Talking about chickens and cows is misleading. The entire reason for captive-bred animals is to help sustain the human populaltion. Sharks are wild animals and always will be. Should chickens and cows ever be placed on the Endangered Species (or Threatened) List then I'll happily reconsider my position re them.

The "culture" angle is a red-herring as well. Eating SFS was a perk of royalty and extremely rich people ONLY in China for a few hundred years until VERY recently when a Chinese middle class became existant and intent on showing their affluance via this unsustainable means. Unless a person can trace their ancestry to Chinese royalty then the "tradition' angle is scuttled. Shark Fin Soup is about at "cultural" as bound feet and genital mutilation.

February 22, 2011 at 10:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )