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You’ve heard of whale watching. But have you ever heard of shark watching?
Off the coast of California, many kayakers are now starting to go shark watching. Typically, the shark-watching kayakers get tips from local whale watching boats. They follow the tips in hopes of finding a great white shark.
Especially close to the town of Aptos, where a sunken cement ship is a known magnet for great white sharks. The number of juvenile sharks in the area is exceptionally high. According to a researcher at California State University, Chris Lowe, “People are seeing more and more white sharks there. These juveniles are not eating marine mammals yet. Seals and sea lions are too big for them to capture just yet. So they’re feeding primarily on sting rays and bat rays there.”
The area has become a nursery habitat for these sharks. So it is the perfect place to see these animals in the wild. The interest in the area has spun a whole new tourism niche. People are appreciating great white sharks more, which leads to more kayakers in the area. It is a great way for people to interact with these traditionally feared species. As more people come to appreciate these animals, the ocean could become a safer place for sharks to exist in.
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