Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Salmon Shark Washes Ashore - Pacifica California

Often mistaken for baby white sharks, salmon sharks (Lamna ditropis) occasionally wash ashore along the coast of California. This one was just a pup, if you want to see the adult version you need to find yourself in Alaska in August during the prime time feeding event for these 10 foot long cousins of the great white:

Monday Aug 23, 2010. 1st hot day of the summer in Pacifica, CA. It's around 7pm and it's too nice to go straight home after weeks and weeks of fog. We go walking along the waterfront in the West Sharp Park neighborhood, near the Pacifica Pier. All of sudden, everybody notices something that looks like a seal coming in with the tide. But it's not a seal.

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