Shark Discussion on July 15, 2014

You think it’s just water, waves and sand at the beach? Think again. There are THINGS out there, SoCal. Living things!!!! (da da DUM!)

It’s not a big newsflash, but sometimes we Southlanders need to be reminded about our wild neighbors (even those cold blooded and without lungs) that call the Pacific Ocean their home.

This year has been a banner year for sharks along the SoCal coastline. Folks in the South Bay have been sighting more and more sharks – including juvenile great whites – which can raise the fear index by a full turn up. The recent incident of a great white attacking a swimmer off Manhattan Beach has put the apex predator in the media spotlight frenzy – and has fueled the debate on fishing vs. swimming.

Is there a way to get along with our watery neighbors, especially the ones with rows of teeth?

Dr. Chris Lowe from the CSULB Shark Lab will be leading a discussion, “Sharing the Waves with Sharks of the South Bay” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday July 15 at the Joslyn Community Center in Manhattan Beach. Dr. Lowe will calm fears while biologically enlighten the crowds about the species he’s studied for many years.

We understand it may be a packed house. RSVP to the folks at the Roundhouse Aquarium and arrive early, bring questions and a good neighbor attitude.

(Photo: Great white shark at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico)