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      An unusual shark sighting off the coast of Southern California gave thrilled passengers aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari a very memorable whale watching trip.

      A hammerhead shark, estimated by the crew to be about 6 feet long, circled Captain Dave’s whale watching catamaran just under the surface. It was seen off the coast of Dana Point, California, in less than 300 feet of water.

      Hammerhead sharks range in size from 13 to 20 feet and can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. They are carnivorous and enjoy a diet of fish, octopus, squid, other sharks, and their favorite meal, stingrays. The unique wide-set eyes of hammerhead sharks give them an impressive visual range and improve their ability to locate prey. Most hammerhead species are considered harmless to humans.

      This hammerhead was the second shark sighting of the day. A blue shark was seen during the morning dolphin and whale watching safari! Several other species of sharks can be seen off the coast of Dana Point, California, throughout the year including great white sharks, mako sharks, and thresher sharks. Very rare basking sharks, a filter feeder and the second largest living fish after the whale shark, have been seen as well. Dana Point is one of only a handful of locations in the world to have seen a megamouth shark!

      In addition to sharks, Captain Dave’s whale watching passengers also saw giant blue whales and pods of playful common dolphin. Southern California has the largest concentration of blue whales and dolphins in the world.