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Bloody Water-The Bay Area Red Triangle

Aug 12, 2008
Northern California is home to a plethora of famous cities, such as San Francisco, Sausalito, Napa, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Oakland, and other lesser-known cities. The weather is always pleasurable, never getting too hot in the summer, and never getting too cold in the winter. The Bay Area is a popular vacation destination with local tourist attractions, such as the infamous prison Alcatraz, cable cars and trolleys, the Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk, Wine Country, and many, many more.

Perhaps one of the things a visitor must do before leaving San Francisco is see the beautiful expanse of beaches that line the west coast of San Francisco city. Baker Beach is no doubt the most scenic beach with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County just across the bridge. With all the beauty the Bay Area possesses, it's hard to swallow that the waters in this area are also one of the most dangerous.

Danger lurks underneath the surface of the tumultuous waters of the Pacific Ocean. Stretching up from Bodega Bay, which is north of San Francisco and Marin County, out past the Farallon Islands and down to Point Sur, which is below Monterey Bay, lays an area called the Red Triangle. This area has been nicknamed so because of the blood that turns the waters red after a shark has attacked.

Due to a very large population of marine wildlife, great white sharks flock to the area to feast on their flesh. Great white sharks are carnivorous and eat all sorts of marine wildlife, including fish, smaller sharks, and even dolphins. The Red Triangle is home to elephant seals and sea lions, which are a particular favorite of the great white sharks. Of all the documented human attacks in the world, over half have occurred within the Red Triangle.

There are many myths about when a shark would attack, but most have proven to be false. It is widely believed that if you swim where there is kelp, the shark will not attack you, but a large white shark was seen attacking a sea otter in a kelp forest. Surface swimming is said to increase your chances of being attacked; in fact, it may decrease those chances because of a shark's preferred hunting method, which is to attack its prey that is fully submerged.

It's tempting to get in the water, more so for surfers who want to challenge the boisterous waves and for divers who want to explore the vast water world, but there is much at risk here. Your life is at risk.
So don't be another statistic. Stay out of the water.
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