Beach Bunnies Beware: Sharks Could Be Looming

By NBC Bay Area
|  Monday, Sep 6, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 AM PDT
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Beach Bunnies Beware: Sharks Could Be Looming

OK. That's a little dramatic but no matter what the size, it seems Great White sightings don't scare surfers from NorCal coast.

Thousands of people are expected to spend this Labor Day at the beach. And why not? The Bay Area’s weather is the star of the Labor Day show, with temperatures in San Francisco is expected to be in the 80s and 70s along the coast.

But marine experts are reminding everyone to be aware of what could be lurking in the surf.

There have been at least two recent sightings of great white sharks in the Bay Area. Last week, surfers claim they saw a great white shark attacking a sea lion about 200 yards from Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica. There was a similar sighting at Doran Beach in Sonoma County last Thursday and a kayaker was attacked recently off the coast in San Mateo County.

Experts tell us sightings of many varieties of sharks are common at this time of year along the Northern California coast and in the bay.

"It's not uncommon for them to come into the bay under the Golden Gate Bridge, into the mouth of the bay. Keith Herbert, assistant curator at Aquarium of the Bay said. "They will come in there to feed off sea lions, or if a whale carcass is there -- they might also feed off sea lions."

Shark attacks on humans are very rare, experts say but say they should be taken very seriously.
 

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