Friday, June 24, 2011

Go for a Swim: No More Great White Shark Sightings at Stinson Beach

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 7:45 AM

click to enlarge There's nothing to worry about
  • There's nothing to worry about

Just in time for the weekend, park officials have lifted the ban on deep-water swimming at Stinson Beach after a great white shark was spotted on Sunday.

Alex Picavet, spokeswoman with the National Park Service, told reporters that they are set to impose any more restrictions should anyone spot another  shark swimming too close to shore.

A helicopter spotted a nearly 15-foot great white shark cruising through the waters about 200 feet from the shore on Sunday afternoon while families frolicked at the beach.

"It was pretty close to the shore," lifeguard Scott Palmer told the Marin Independent Journal earlier this week.

Scientists call the large area of water at Año Nuevo between the Farallon Islands and Bodega Head the "Red

Triangle," where at least 200 sharks cruise and look for food.

But there's nothing to worry about, at least today. So grab your towel and hit the beach. Don't forget your sunscreen.

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