Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Multiple Accounts of Sharks Circling and Following Kayakers Off the Mendocino Coast


The following is a post made on the California State Parks Mendocino County Instagram page:

[Stock photo taken by Flickr user Steve Jurvetson]

Over the last two weeks we have had 3 shark encounters ranging from a sighting by surfers at Virgin Creek to bumping, circling, and following ocean kayakers at MacKerricher State Park’s Laguna Point. Our most recent report was of a 12–16 foot Great White just north of Van Damme swimming under and circling kayakers.

It is normal to have increased shark sightings and interactions this time of year, hence the term “Sharktober”. There have been no recent attacks in Mendocino County, but there was a recent attack in Humboldt and Monterey County causing severe injuries.

Please share this information with your coastal friends, kayaking and surfing enthusiasts, and visitors to our beautiful coast. For more information about sharks and how to best protect yourself, please visit: https://saveourseas.com/worldofsharks/how-to-avoid-shark-attacks

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