A juvenile good white shark washed up on the 26th Avenue beach in Santa Cruz, California, Friday morning. According to Pelagic Shark Research foundation executive director Sean valve Sommeran, it to be hit and also killed by a boat propellor.




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“Only an 11-footer, I’d dislike to run into a 20-footer,” wrote Nelson. Photo: Dave “Nelly” Nelson/LQID Imagery

Van Sommeran was the first on scene Friday morning at 7 a.m., together he frequently is for many shark events in the Santa Cruz area. That did obtain a contact from the sheriff in ~ 9 p.m. Thursday night concerning a shark having washed up in ~ 26th Avenue, yet with it being dark and also a greater tide, valve Sommeran was unable to find the shark.

But in the morning he received much more phone calls and also was on-site conducting his investigation. As Van Sommeran said GrindTV:

“This shark was hit through a boat, that pretty obvious. We don’t know whether it was sick and then got hit by a watercraft or just acquired hit through a boat. Commonly they acquire out the the way. And if a boat driver sees a shark 10 feet long and 700 pounds, castle usually shot not to hit it because it’ll involve damages to the boat. It looks accidental. Ns don’t know if the was simply going fast and also the shark didn’t check out it coming, or if it was impaired prefer the last one that washed up in April.”

Van Sommeran listed that there were three deep wounds on the head that were brought about by a watercraft propellor. And also sadly, the dorsal fin and also a couple of teeth were likewise removed after-the-fact by a vandal once the shark had pertained to a remainder on the beach overnight.

Photographer Dave Nelson was also on hand and had this come say about witnessing the shark and the current heightened shark activity in Santa Cruz this year:

“There have been a the majority of sharks approximately lately. Mine daughter was chased the end of the water at new Brighton coast recently in addition to some of she friends. This whitey washed ashore in prior of my house this morning at 26th Ave. It is Sean valve Someran in the background of this photo. I when went the end on a research boat with him and we had a crazy experience with one of the bigger sharks actually coming the end of the water and also perching chin on the back of the boat. It was favor a scene out of Jaws …”

As Nelson mentioned, shark activity has appeared heightened this year. Many recently, a kayaker had his kayak assaulted by a good white external of the lineup at Steamer Lane. This prompted the shutting down of beaches in Santa Cruz for four days.




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Nelson encountered this shark carcass Friday morning in ~ 26th Ave. In Santa Cruz, California. Photo: Dave “Nelly” Nelson/LQID Imagery

And previously in the summer another an excellent white shark had actually washed increase on the beach at Pleasure allude while tho alive. This shark ultimately passed away.

But valve Sommeran notes the there isn’t yes, really a heightened variety of sharks in the Santa Cruz area regardless of it feeling prefer that. “Aside indigenous the pups moving north into main California, white shark abundances are as usual — our region has been well known for having relative good abundances the white sharks due to the fact that the 50s. The pups space being watched a lot, yet none of the other study sites present increased numbers of sharks — as well as the dozen or so shark pups that relocated in throughout 2015 and also have to be coming ago every year since.”

For now, this deceased juvenile female good white will certainly be heading to the Santa Cruz field station of the USGS Western environmental Research center for specimen testing. Shark pathologist note Okihiro will be to run the tests and will determine a more comprehensive story the what taken place to this unfortunate an excellent white.

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