Courtesy of Shea M. Suski

Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, CA

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With 142 unprovoked attacks
since 1900, California ranks second in the U.S. for shark attack frequency. The
long coastline and perfect weather clearly play a part, but there’s more to it.
“Mother Nature has implanted in the sharks that southern California is where
they must give birth to ensure the highest rate of survival,” says Ralph S.
Collier of the Shark Research Committee. Millions of small fish called grunions
spawn along the shore from Point Conception to Baja California, providing the
perfect feeding ground for great white sharks. In 2008 Dr. David Martin was
fatally mauled at Fletcher Cove. He was in the middle of a pack of swimmers
training for a triathlon. “What sharks are attracted to is the splashing,”
explains Collier. “It resembles an animal in trouble.”

Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, CA

With 142 unprovoked attacks
since 1900, California ranks second in the U.S. for shark attack frequency. The
long coastline and perfect weather clearly play a part, but there’s more to it.
“Mother Nature has implanted in the sharks that southern California is where
they must give birth to ensure the highest rate of survival,” says Ralph S.
Collier of the Shark Research Committee. Millions of small fish called grunions
spawn along the shore from Point Conception to Baja California, providing the
perfect feeding ground for great white sharks. In 2008 Dr. David Martin was
fatally mauled at Fletcher Cove. He was in the middle of a pack of swimmers
training for a triathlon. “What sharks are attracted to is the splashing,”
explains Collier. “It resembles an animal in trouble.”

Courtesy of Shea M. Suski

Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

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