The sharks are leaving us

FYI; I enjoy a lonely little beach called Poche in north San Clemente. You will see two benches and a permanently installed American flag there. Even on a sunny Sunday, there may be only 3 or 4 people there.

But it has also been the favorite beach of great white sharks for the last month. Evidenced by the constant presence of helicopters. Sharks like rocky bottom hunting grounds, seals, and squid. Also, pelicans enjoy squid. And the skies have been heavily populated with pelicans diving constantly for the unfortunate squid. Interestingly, squid swim very close to shore to escape being food. Not a plan. They are trapped there by the sharks, and are targeted by the pelicans. And the sharks were swimming right where you may be wading waist deep. Also not a plan. But all things come to an end. The sharks will be leaving us, as the pelicans are now somewhere else. That spells the end of the run. And the return of surfers who will slowly paddle out, not without some trepidation, to catch some waves. I noted that most surfers near the pier, sat on their boards with their feet up on the board. Not dangling over the sides. Life in SoCal goes on. And Jaws will return next year, if the squid do the same. 

Tom Berndt

Laguna Beach

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