The San Diego New In Town Meetup Group Message Board › Playing with Sharks
San Diego, CA
Between now and August is the Leopard and Houndstooth shark live birth period. The primary birthing ground is 20-40 feet off the splash zone right in front of the marine room restaurant at La Jolla Shores. If you go at the peak you can see 100+ sharks in an area the size of an olympic swimming pool. They measure from 6 ft to 12 inches and its quiet a sight to see. I've been there when the shark pups are rolling around and playing in the surf. If its possible for sharks to be cute, that's about as close as these guys get.
So I know I used the shark word, but these are bottom feeders with grinder teeth and small mouths. You would have to stick your arm in their mouths to the elbow to get bit.
I dive with them every year, and I'd suggest you give it a try; or at least borrow a mask and stick you head under the water. You have nothing to fear of the sharks.
The stingrays, well thats a horse of a different. Don't skim the bottom and always shuffle your feet at the beach in front of the Marine Room. Always. If you get tagged go right to the showers at the resort, start pouring the hottest water you can stand over your foot, and if you got id start ordering shots. The hot water washes out the neurotoxin, but you are looking at hours of misery no matter what.
So sharks good, stingrays bad.
shark skin is like 100 grain sandpaper, so ya got to think about touching them as being on the same plane as rubbing the webbing between your finger and thumb on an operating belt sander. These little guys can move fast.
San Diego, CA
Great info. Thanks for sharing!
The stingrays... If you get tagged go right to the showers at the resort, start pouring the hottest water you can stand over your foot, and if you got id start ordering shots. The hot water washes out the neurotoxin, but you are looking at hours of misery no matter what.
Now, there are many different types of sting rays, but the stories I hear from Baja California (nearby) veterans is that if they can get the super-hot water to it in a very short amount of time, they are practically pain-free within 30-90 minutes (sometimes longer).
They do tell of stories that make it IMPORTANT to get as much of the barb and foreign material out of the wound a.s.a.p. - as this is what predominantly causes *significant* complications later on.
Edited by Doug Means on Jun 29, 2007 8:20 PM