Originally uploaded by fredsharples
After nearly a week of having my good name dragged through the mud, I have to agree that, yes, Christine, DID see a shark.
Last Sunday we were out at "The Patch" in Bolinas (the 3rd sharkiest beach in the world). We were having a great surf day when I heard a yelp from Christine. She seemed to have fallen off her board. She got back up on that thing about as fast as can be and started paddling over to me like a demon.
She said she thought she saw a shark. She showed me how big the fin was. (about 6-8 inches depending on when you ask). There was a lot of kelp in the water and a couple of sea lions around so I figured she might have seen something else.
Then she told me the shape of the fin, (triangle) and the color (black). I reasoned that it must have been a leopard shark or some other little shark but nothing to worry about. Great White's have white fins right?
So we slowly went back to surfing and neither of us wanted to alarm anyone without being sure. We were heading back to land about a half hour later when Christine apparently saw the same thing 5 more times. I wasn't nearby so I didn't hear this until we were on the beach.
I still wasn't very concerned, though it was pretty clear that it behaved like a shark, it wasn't very big and it had that black fin.
Then we got home and looked up pictures of shark fins on the internets to identify the species. We got to one and she pointed at the picture and said, "This is it, this is the one." We scrolled down to see what species it was.
The Answer "Great White Shark".
Um, they do have black fins. Doh!