The Red Triangle: An area of California’s coast with the majority of great white shark attacks

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What is the ‘Red Triangle’ and how common are Central Coast shark attacks?

Shark attacks are an uncommon occurrence, estimated at 1 in 11.5 million, but if you’re attacked by a great white shark you’re most likely on California’s Central Coast. Video Player | New study reports of great white sharks population boom in the Monterey BayThe “Red Triangle” is an area of the California coast where an out-size number of great white shark attacks take place.The area goes from Bodega Bay, to the Farallon Islands, and down Point Sur. More than one-third of all great white shark attacks have happened in this area of the Pacific Ocean. A history of Central Coast shark attacks, from the Global Shark Attack File:1899 – Monterey Bay, Monterey County 1952 – Pacific Grove, Monterey Bay, Monterey County 1955 – Pacific Grove, Monterey County 1960 – Aptos, Santa Cruz County 1966 – Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Monterey County 1972 – Point Sur, Monterey County 1974 – North of Point Sur, Monterey County 1978 – Pajaro Dunes, Santa Cruz County 1981 – South Moss Beach, Spanish Bay, Monterey Peninsula 1982 – Monastery Beach, Carmel Bay, Monterey County 1986 – Monastery Beach, Monterey County1989 – Monterey Bay, Monterey County 1990 – Monastery Beach, Carmel Bay, Monterey County 1991 – Horseshoe Reef, Scott Creek, Davenport, Santa Cruz County 1995 – Bluefish Cove, Pt. Lobos State Park, Monterey County 1995 – Carmel, Monterey County 1999 – Waddell Reef, Santa Cruz County 2006 – Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County 2006 – Monterey, Monterey County 2007 – Marina State Beach, Monterey County 2009 – Davenport, Santa Cruz County 2011 – Marina State Beach, Monterey County 2012 – Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz County 2012 – Davenport Landing, Santa Cruz County 2014 – Manresa State Beach, Santa Cruz County 2016 – Capitola, Santa Cruz County 2017 – Monterey Bay 2017 – Stillwater Cove, Monterey County 2017 – Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County 2020- Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz County 2020 – Sand Dollar Beach, Santa Cruz County 2021 – Capitola Beach, Santa Cruz County

Shark attacks are an uncommon occurrence, estimated at 1 in 11.5 million, but if you’re attacked by a great white shark you’re most likely on California’s Central Coast.

Video Player | New study reports of great white sharks population boom in the Monterey Bay

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The “Red Triangle” is an area of the California coast where an out-size number of great white shark attacks take place.

The area goes from Bodega Bay, to the Farallon Islands, and down Point Sur.

Approximate boundaries of the Red Triangle

USGS AND user:Fluffbrain – California (Northern) map. Original scale 1:2,500,000 U.S. Geological Survey, 1972, limited update 1990. “Red Triangle” shark region denoted by file uploader.

More than one-third of all great white shark attacks have happened in this area of the Pacific Ocean.

A history of Central Coast shark attacks, from the Global Shark Attack File:

  • 1899 – Monterey Bay, Monterey County
  • 1952 – Pacific Grove, Monterey Bay, Monterey County
  • 1955 – Pacific Grove, Monterey County
  • 1960 – Aptos, Santa Cruz County
  • 1966 – Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Monterey County
  • 1972 – Point Sur, Monterey County
  • 1974 – North of Point Sur, Monterey County
  • 1978 – Pajaro Dunes, Santa Cruz County
  • 1981 – South Moss Beach, Spanish Bay, Monterey Peninsula
  • 1982 – Monastery Beach, Carmel Bay, Monterey County
  • 1986 – Monastery Beach, Monterey County
  • 1989 – Monterey Bay, Monterey County
  • 1990 – Monastery Beach, Carmel Bay, Monterey County
  • 1991 – Horseshoe Reef, Scott Creek, Davenport, Santa Cruz County
  • 1995 – Bluefish Cove, Pt. Lobos State Park, Monterey County
  • 1995 – Carmel, Monterey County
  • 1999 – Waddell Reef, Santa Cruz County
  • 2006 – Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
  • 2006 – Monterey, Monterey County
  • 2007 – Marina State Beach, Monterey County
  • 2009 – Davenport, Santa Cruz County
  • 2011 – Marina State Beach, Monterey County
  • 2012 – Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz County
  • 2012 – Davenport Landing, Santa Cruz County
  • 2014 – Manresa State Beach, Santa Cruz County
  • 2016 – Capitola, Santa Cruz County
  • 2017 – Monterey Bay
  • 2017 – Stillwater Cove, Monterey County
  • 2017 – Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
  • 2020- Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz County
  • 2020 – Sand Dollar Beach, Santa Cruz County
  • 2021 – Capitola Beach, Santa Cruz County

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