Thinking about going to the beach for a little ‘sun & surf’, well maybe you should watch this video before you ‘dive in’ (that was a little joke). But seriously, if you do go swimming, surfing or many of the other pleasures a day at the beach might bring, you always want to be aware of your surroundings.
Swimming, or surfing in the open ocean isn’t like a visit to your local aquarium, because once you dive into the open water, you’re just another food item for some of the oceanic predators there. And the one thing you don’t want to have happen, is end-up as dinner for some apex predator. Remember, when you dive into the open ocean, you are out of your element.
But we’re talking about sharks here, it’s highly unlikely that while surfing in sunny southern California that you’ll run into a polar bear, or a hungry Orca. Now, am I saying you should always be on the look-out for sharks, not necessarily, just keeps your wits about you and you’ll still have a fun afternoon.
“The thing to remember, especially about the Great White Shark, is that they can smell a single drop of blood floating in 10 billion drops of water. They can detect movement from as far away as 820 feet away. And with powerful, streamlined bodies and razor-sharp teeth, great white sharks are as scary as it gets. (But don’t worry, they generally don’t eat people, and most attacks on humans aren’t fatal anyway.)
Great white sharks prefer to gobble up sea lions, seals, dolphins, small toothed whales, sea turtles, seabirds, and even the rotting flesh of dead animals. They can reach speeds of 43 miles (69 km) per hour, which allows them to surprise their prey and subdue it with a single bite. Great white sharks can even leave the water completely, breaching like whales when attacking prey from underneath.”
Anyway, enjoy the video and if you are dead-set on that afternoon at the beach, just remember to keep your eyes open.
H/T – eaglewingtours.com