Risk of Shark Attack at Pacifica

Sightings of Great White Sharks occur more often than many locals may expect. Great Whites (Carcharodon carcharias) are responsible for at least 180 out of the 203 shark attacks recorded in California since 1950, and thanks to popular media, most humans have a huge fear of these cold-blooded predators- and rightfully so! There have been a large handful of Great White Shark sightings in California in recent years.

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Shark Attack in Hawaii- What is the Risk?

On December 4, 2021 a man was bit by a shark while surfing at the popular break Banyans in Kailua- Kona between the hours of 5:55 and 6 PM during a period of light rain. Jahred Willieford was waiting for a wave with a nearby
surfer when the shark grasped his arm, pulling him off the board and submerging him before releasing. He reported the shark bit him then spun and hit him in the face with its tail but was able to swim to the adjacent surfer. Aided by his fellow surfer, Mr. Willieford was able to come ashore and was treated by emergency responders
for severe lacerations to his arm, a broken nose and missing teeth.

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White Shark Attack – What is Your Risk?

Most of the encounters with white sharks along the west coast of North America occur with mature white sharks in the months between August and November. These months we call Sharktober are when the large white sharks return to the coast after an annual migration to forage on seals and sea lions.

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