Skip to comments.Fake Shark Warning Signs Posted in Capitola, Santa Cruz
Posted on 06/06/2013 2:50:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Ominous signs warned of three shark attacks this week attacks that never happened
Shark Warning signs started popping up at popular beaches in Santa Cruz and Capitola Thursday.
But they are fake, according to state park rangers.
It wasn't clear who posted the signs or why.
The bottom of the notice gave a possible clue. It told surfers to "surf Cowells instead."
Cowells is on Santa Cruz's west side; Pleasure Point, where the signs were posted, is on the east side. Apparently in the surfing world, those two surf spots have a long time rivalry. It could also have been an attempt to get the some of the surfers to leave Pleasure Point and head to Cowell.
It didn't work. Surfers breezed past the signs for the morning surf Thursday.
The signs list three great white shark attacks that allegedly happened at Capitola Beach, Privates Beach and Rockview Beach on Wednesday.
"Due to the highly aggressive nature of these encounters, it is strongly advised to stay out of the water for 48 hours," the poster read.
Police said there wasn't even a shark sighting Wednesday.
The signs had a California seal in the upper left corner, were marked "Public Notice."
The signs were taken down by late Thursday morning, according to KSBW News.
Does this headline me there is a fake shark in the area people should beware of?
That’s “pizza guy”!
Fake but accurate. There are gigantic sharks patrolling off both beaches even as I type. Those surfers are very brave to dress up like sea lions and paddle around out there, but they’re going to need a bigger boat.
Many years ago I was swimming off Santa Cruz just beyond the breakers and saw a HUGE (maybe 12’) shark pass between me and the shore. That was the last time I enterd California waters past my waist.
Cowles is for beginners. Pleasure Point and The Hook are for advanced. Sounds like trying to scare the newbies away from The Hook.
and YES, there are big sharks off The Hook.
My brother lives in SCruz and despite living there with him twice, I have never been in the water! It’s mostly due to the cold water, but the sharks are a concern....
Tola has gone bonkers. You can’t even smoke on the beach there anymore.
Moonbeam is coming?