Even Sharks Love La Jolla!
The Discovery Channel just aired it's very popular "Shark Week" and one of the stories was filmed right here in La Jolla Shores. Luckily, large shark sightings here are very rare but that is the majestic Pacific Ocean to our western border and they (sharks) have been out there enjoying the beautiful water for many centuries. Great weather, beautiful scenery, who can blame them?
This spring the crew from Discovery Channel was here at La Jolla Shores filming a re-creation of a shark attack. They used an imitation shark (I guess the real ones are hard to train) and some hog's blood for the segment. Even though sharks seem very scary you have a very, very slim chance of being attacked by one. On average, in the U.S., there are 16 shark attacks per year and, of those, one person dies about every two years from a shark attack. You have a much higher chance of dying by falling out of bed than you do of being eaten by a shark.
We have another tie in with sharks and television. La Jolla High School alumni, fishing boat captain Brett McBride, is one of the stars of National Geographic's TV "Shark Men". Recently, on "Shark Men" McBride and others on that expedition, caught and released, what is thought to be one of the biggest Great Whites, almost 18 feet long! That brings to mind the classic line from Jaws "we're going to need a bigger boat".
Here is a video about Great White Sharks in Mexico, but just a bit south of San Diego. These divers and researchers are amazingly brave.
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