Sea Lion Population Triples

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

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?

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

Shark Takes After Gandhi, Hunger Strike Means Release

Get out of fish jail free!

A great white shark that didn’t have an appetite in captivity was released back to ocean waters Sunday from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The shark, a 4-foot, 55.5-pound female, fed only one time during its 11-day stay at the aquarium despite an array of food choices and feeding techniques, an aquarium spokesman said.

The shark, which went on display Aug. 27, was still swimming and navigating well, but aquarium animal-care experts didn’t want to risk endangering its health, spokesman Ken Peterson said.

Shark Takes After Gandhi, Hunger Strike Means Release