17
Sep

Shark Season

by Alan Rider

"I think we're going to need a bigger boat."

"We're going to need a bigger boat."

Remember the scene in the movie Jaws where beachgoers ran screaming from the water’s edge when someone spotted the movie’s toothy star (no, not Roy Scheider) in the waters off the fictional Amity Island?  Well, call me crazy, but I had exactly the opposite reaction last week when I heard several great white sharks had been seen cruising the waters around Cape Cod.

You see, I’m one of those people who’d go way out of my way to see a great white in the wild.  If you’re similarly inclined, you might want to check out the one-day shark diving trips to California’s Farallon Islands or five-day expeditions to Baja’s Isla Guadalupe offered by Great White Adventures.  Fall is prime-time for seeing great whites in these two areas, as the 15-foot eating machines come to feed on the seals that congregate on these remote rocky outcroppings.

If these up-close-and-personal shark encounters seem a little too, ummm, up-close for you, you might want to head to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where they’ve just introduced the fifth in a series of juvenile great whites into their million-gallon Outer Bay exhibit.  But don’t delay if you’re hoping to get a look at one of only a handful of these rare creatures ever put on public display, as this sleek five-foot female will likely be released back into the open ocean before the turn of the year.

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