Sea Lion Population Triples

More orcas and sharks will quickly follow. Thanks Thom Ache-man.

Seal Posse Red Sign

But all the sea lions have caused problems.

They have broken docks and sunk boats at marinas. They have vexed salmon fishermen, following their boats and eating valuable fish off their lines.

“With some fishing days seeing as few as five to 10 fish, a commercial fisherman can still make money with 10 fish if they are $10 per pound, but if you’re losing them to sea lions that can have a major effect,” said John McManus, executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association in San Francisco.

Sea Lion Population Triples

What’s In The Bag, Chum?

Fishing in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A shark attacked a man spearfishing Friday afternoon in Stillwater Cove, Cal Fire said.The incident, which occurred at 1:38 p.m., left a significant bite to one of the man’s legs.
A Monterey County sheriff’s deputy who arrived at the scene applied a tourniquet to stop what was described by the Sheriff’s Office as massive bleeding.
The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center, where his condition is currently unknown. His name or age has not yet been released.

What’s In The Bag, Chum?

Why So Sensationalism, Coast Weakly?

Letter writers reply that the kayaker got what he deserved.

Were going to need more sensationalism

This article takes the entirely wrong perspective (“Great white shark attacks kayak off Cannery Row,” posted March 31). If there were a shark at Safeway, I would get the hysteria. Instead this story boils down to, “Shark tastes kayak, occupant unscathed except soiled wetsuit.” Recapping: There are white sharks in Monterey Bay. They eat sea lions. There are sea lions on the Breakwater. Dude was kayaking near the Breakwater. A shark in its kitchen came to check out dude’s kayak. Dude was not “attacked” by the shark – his kayak was tasted by the landlord. Dude apparently forgot the lease agreement and is freaking out (as we all would). For being “plucked from the jaws of a white shark” as another article stated, dude is abnormally fine. Patrick Webster | via web

Why do people act all surprised if a shark attacks them? You’re in their environment. They think it’s food. You think they’re gonna nudge it and ask for Grey Poupon?! Hopefully there was a successful hunt and it got to eat. Terese Sinclair | via Facebook

It would be appreciated if your writers would stop making the great white out to be killers. The article is atrocious and the writer should be ashamed. These animals are already a target and killed without remorse even though the chances of being attacked by one is less than that of being struck by lightning. I am appalled that in a community that is about conservation and protecting marine life that this article was written with such malice toward these beautiful animals. I saw the bite marks on the kayak and while I’m sure it was scary for the individual it was clear the shark had no intention of making the kayak a meal. Geoffrey Wade Buckles | via Facebook

Alternate title: Great white shark explores kayak, learns it’s not food. Kristin Molle | via Facebook

Why So Sensationalism, Coast Weakly?

Shark Attacks Kayak

Great White Shark

Correiar began scrambling in the water toward shore, trying not to splash or let his legs hang down. He then hit upon another strategy:

“While this was going on, the shark was using my boat as a chew toy. I saw it spin with the boat at least three times. It started pushing the boat towards me and then left the boat and headed for me. Suddenly it dove. I put my face in the water to see if it was under me, but I couldn’t see anything.”

Shark Attacks Kayak

See The Parallels?

Go out of the way to protect otters and sea lions and you get more sharks.

Hungry Alien Sharks

Researchers say 2016 has been an interesting year for great white sharks in the Monterey Bay. Sean Van Sommeran with the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation monitors white shark activity and in 2016 his team recorded 12 juvenile great whites. Until 2014 there were no recorded sightings of juvenile white sharks.

Go out of the way to attract tourists and you get more crime.

See The Parallels?

Newcomer Ache-man Reports On Seals

Ex Tree Posse now seal posse reports on The Warm Blob.

Hungry Alien Sharks

Akeman and wife Kim monitor the seals year round and they’ve said the seals had a rough season in 2015.

Warm water temperatures from El Nino and the warm blob drove food sources farther out to sea last year. Seals starved to death and some had trouble during the pupping season.

“There have been a lot of shark bites we’ve seen on seals. This is their favorite food and some may have disappeared but we have seen a lot of survivors,” he said.

Newcomer Ache-man Reports On Seals

Why Are There More Sharks In The Bay?

Think about it when seeing all those sea lions having babies on the fenced off shore.

Hungry Alien Sharks

David Ebert is the executive director of the Pacific Shark Research Center based at Moss Landing Marine Labs. He has participated in several programs, most recently working to catch and tag a megamouth shark in Taiwan.

He believes the Marine Mammal Protection Act has somewhat helped the shark population. More marine mammals for sharks to eat means more sharks.

Why Are There More Sharks In The Bay?

Great White Shark Population Boom

Great White Shark

Could it be the result of all those tasty otters and sea lions that are also protected?

“White sharks can’t be fished or targeted or taken both by state and federal laws so these regulations give them the opportunity to reproduce and increase in population,” said David Ebert, director for the Pacific Shark Research Center at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

Great White Shark Population Boom

Great White Stops Over In Malibu Before Touring Monterey

Shark lands in the fish prison.

The young shark, a four-foot, seven-inch male weighing 43.2 pounds, was brought north in a 3,200-gallon mobile life support transport vehicle. He was collected August 18 by aquarium staff with the help of a commercial fishing crew using a purse seine net. He was quickly transferred to a more than 4-million-gallon ocean holding pen off Malibu, where he remained for almost two weeks.

Great White Stops Over In Malibu Before Touring Monterey