Shark Week Has Arrived

Photo credit: Eric Heupel
Photo credit: Eric Heupel

Well, it’s that time of the year…time to pull out your survival kits, shark-esque attire, shark stuffed animals, and underwater creature costumes because Shark Week is officially here. Discovery Channel kicked off shark week on Sunday, dedicating seven days to these wondrous yet incredibly scary marine creatures who roam around the ocean. Even though most of us are weary of coming across sharks in the ocean, “Humans are the #1 predator of sharks, but killer whales, crocodiles, and seals have been known to eat them as well, ” according to the creators of Shark Week at Discovery Channel.

Don’t worry, you do not have to spend all week just sitting on your couch at home as you re-watch shark highlights while teaching your dog to fetch a shark toy. Instead, you can experience your own personal shark viewing out around the Bay! A group of leopard sharks have taken up residence in the former salt ponds from Hayward to Redwood City. Their inhabitance in the Bay is a positive result of better water and biotic qualities of the Bay thanks to wetland restoration work along the shoreline of the salt ponds.

Want to share your love of sharks with your friends and family? Here are some fast facts about those leopard sharks that are swimming around in the Bay:

  • Each leopard shark has its own unique spot pattern, so there are no two leopard sharks that are alike.
  • They will never munch on humans as they have tiny teeth. Instead, the leopard sharks snack on worms, small fish, herring, crabs, and other small marine creatures.
  • Some of their biggest threats include mercury pollution and fishing.
  • Leopard sharks can grow up to be 6 feet long or even larger.
  • They can reproduce up to 29 leopard shark pups in one litter.
  • Their favorite hangout spots are along the surface, and they always swim in a counterclockwise direction.

Want to learn more about sharks in San Francisco Bay? Read our blog about the Sevengill shark. You can learn even more shark trivia and facts by following the #sharkweek hashtag and @Sharkweek on Twitter and Facebook.