With drones making spying on sharks easier than ever, videos of close encounters where swimmers and surfers are oblivious to the predators’ presence have become commonplace. What’s not common is to see people willingly flock to a shiver of sharks to hang out with them. But that’s exactly what happens every summer on the shores off the coast of La Jolla in San Diego, California.
Between June and September, the La Jolla coast plays host to hundreds of pregnant female leopard sharks, with August and September being the peak months for shark sightings.
These sharks, which get their name from dark gray dark spots covering their light gray backs, are totally harmless to humans. They mostly eat crabs, shrimp, worms, clams, and some species of small fish like anchovies. And they crowd the shallow waters of La Jolla for the same reason that humans do: the weather.
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Leopard sharks love warm…