VIA – THE CALIFORNIAN
Shark sightings abound on Central Coast
A woman visiting the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf over the weekend photographed two kayackers paddling near the fin of a shark just off the pier. Provided photo.
As if more proof were needed after last weekend’s great white shark attack near Marina that they are out there, a tourist snapped a photo Monday of a shark next to a kayaker off Santa Cruz.
Kathy Lolmaugh and her daughter, Shannon, of Sacramento, were on a long weekend. They went to the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf for whale watching and instead got a whale of a tale. They had already heard media reports of Saturday’s Marina attack.
Her daughter alerted Kathy Lolmaugh to some movement in the water off the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and she zoomed-in with her digital camera.
“I just started shooting pictures and when I got home … my granddaughter said ‘that’s not a whale, that’s a shark,'” she said.
“Whoever was in that kayak was very fortunate because I think they were very close to a shark attack.”
In addition to the Marina attack in which Monterey surfer Eric Tarantino was bitten in the neck and arm, other recent shark sightings include:
ª A professional surfer left in the middle of a heat on Tuesday after spotting a shark during a competition off San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.
ª A great white shark estimated at 15 feet-long was photographed two weeks ago from a helicopter off Seacliff State Beach near Santa Cruz.
ª An 8- to 10-foot shark — which…
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