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What is Sharktober?

November 7th, 2015|

Sharktober Interview questions from an Interview on Public Radio, KALW     1) I can see you are a highly prominent figure in the shark and marine conservatory world, how did you discover this passion? I’ve always loved sharks and sought them out on my dives to photograph and film but I didn’t begin to study them [...]

Shiver of Great White Sharks spotted off Pacifica, Ocean Beach

October 16th, 2015|

Photos, credit US Coast Guard San Francisco On Wednesday October 16 an aggregation of approximately 20 sharks were observed by two US Coast Guard helicopter patrols.  The Coast Guard helicopter from Station San Francisco reported to Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Media Relation Specialist Mary Jane Schramm that crews observed approximately 20 sharks between 10 and 18 feet off [...]

Sharktober- Avoiding a Great White Shark Attack in the Red Triangle

October 15th, 2015|

It is Sharktober.  This is the term surfers refer to the months bordering and including October when peak white shark activity and shark attacks occur along our coastline. The Bay is the center of the Red Triangle. This area bounded by Bodega Bay, Big Sur and the Farallon Islands, has nearly half of the recorded white [...]

Watching Sharks-Sound Shark Ecotourism Practices

September 25th, 2015|

Shark Ecotourism can be done right and it can be done wrong. Large concentrations of sharks are not always natural.  Left over fish that decays on reefs can create an overabundance of microbes that leads to coral death or algal blooms.  Some shark wrangling can lead to sharks striking cages and injuring themselves or the occupants [...]

Exploring and Explaining Gulf of the Farallones Marine Ecosystems

September 15th, 2015|

September 2015 Field Report This weekend we visited the Gulf of the Farallones twice, with each day providing unique and memorable experiences.  Saturday we lead a University of San Francisco ecosystems class out into the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. These field courses introduce students to marine ecosystems, marine life and management challenges for both.  Starting with [...]

Exploring the Devils Teeth, Expedition to the Farallon Islands

September 15th, 2015|

Few people think of the waters off San Francisco as mysterious, but just offshore are a small group of islands rooted in history, drama and danger. Frequently shrouded by fog and engulfed by foam and waves, the Farallon Islands are a small group of rocky islands located 28 miles off the coast of San Francisco.  Called the Devils Teeth by ancient [...]

White Sharks in San Francisco Bay

September 5th, 2015|

White Shark Preys on Seal in Front of Tourists at Alcatraz Island 10/10/15 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A shark preying on a seal at the Alcatraz Island dock was witnessed by a group of tourists and park officials Saturday. At around noon tourists waiting for the ferry witnessed a large pool of blood at the surface. What [...]

Sharktober: Celebrating Sharks

September 1st, 2015|

By DAVID MCGUIRE Surfers along the central coast of California call this time of year Sharktober. This is the season when the white sharks of the north east Pacific population return from an incredible migration of over 2000 miles to aggregate at a few locations along the west coast to feed on elephant seals and sea [...]

Shark Watch: Strange Sharks of our Oceans

August 15th, 2015|

When it comes to sharks, most of us are familiar with the big toothy sharks. Great white sharks, tiger sharks and bull sharks, also known as the “Big Three”, receive the most media attention. Yet sharks are extremely diverse in shape, size and ecology and many species are little known or understood by scientists. In this [...]

High Whale Numbers Recorded in Sanctuaries- Join Shark Stewards on an Expedition

August 10th, 2015|

Join Shark Stewards on our specialized Sharktober Farallon Island expeditions, viewing wildlife and learning about sharks. More details here. Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries, and Point Blue Conservation Science's Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies cruise recently encountered several large concentrations (130-160 whales) of feeding humpback and blue whales, and many seabirds and chicks, off Sonoma [...]