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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shark Week: Great White Spotted in the Bay & California Academy of Sciences Provides Shark Footage Online

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

click to enlarge CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
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Sharks. It's not just you, they're everywhere lately. From "Sharknado" to the Discovery Channel's Shark Week; and now, the California Academy of Sciences is getting in on the action, but you won't need a bigger boat to observe these predators.

The academy's Shark Lagoon Cam, turned on this week to coincide with Shark Week, shows what's happening under the still waters of the lagoon. Spoiler alert: It's usually not much. But, watching it is rather peaceful -- like admiring an aquarium while you wait to get your teeth pulled. However, this one is filled with 18 different species of potentially violent predators who every now and then seem to approach small schools of fish gathered in front of the camera with a hint of menace.

California Academy of Sciences spokesperson Kelly Mendez, said most of the action happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. -- that's when the sharks are fed. For some reason, they don't go after the fish in the lagoon with them.

In honor of all things shark, you can participate in a number of hands on exhibits at the museum this week. "I think it's a really immersive way to view the sharks, in a non scary way," Mendez said.

If you want to watch the sharks chow down during your lunch break check out the academy's website.

In more shark news:

Apparently this young, great white shark got the memo it's shark week. The Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 shared this snapshot of him (her?) swimming near Fort Mason today.

click to enlarge AQUARIUM OF THE BAY AND PIER 39

Update: After speaking with a shark expert, there's a probability this could be a salmon shark. However, to distinguish the two apart would require looking at the bottom of the shark to see if there are any dusky blotches on the abdomem or getting a better look at the second dorsal. Since this shark is likely long gone by now, we'll never know.

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