Date:Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Time:Open - 6:45 PM
Meeting - 7:00 PM
Place:Aptos Grange, 2555 Mar Vista Dr., Aptos

Guest Speaker: Chris Gularte

Our speaker for the June 5th meeting will be Chris Gularte from Specialized Helicopters located at the Watsonville Airport. They offer tours along the coast, along with flights for the researchers. His presentation about Great White Sharks in our local water should be very interesting. I contacted Dr. Greg Cailliet, from NOAA and The Pacific Shark Research Center, who was referred to as a researcher into Great White Sharks. He recommended three other researchers, all of whom were out of town, and also recommended Specialized Helicopters, with whom most of the researchers have flown to observe the GWS in our waters. I am sure a number of our members can recall instances where GWS have been seen. You may recall the Great White, which attacked the fisherman in his kayak and dumped him into the water. Video of that incident became a viral sensation! Jeff Goyert remarked he had seen a pair of large Great Whites recently while salmon fishing.
I have seen Sharks around the Cement Ship from the bluffs above and then saw them cruising along the near coast line in relatively shallow surf water. One of many recent studies suggests one of the reasons could be that "baby" Great Whites are born in deep cold water and their metabolisms are not capable of keeping them warm and so the "babies" swim closer to shore to be in warmer waters. This may explain why Great Whites can be observed from the helicopters in among surfers and swimmers. A comment was made that Sharks have an acute sense of smell and would know humans were in the water near them. If you are interested, bring your wife and a friend, as it should be an interesting topic and evening. Now that you will be informed, will you go surfing and swimming in our waters?