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Great White Sightings in California Have Sent Dana Point Into a Tourism Frenzy

Source: The OC Register/Erika I. Ritchie - May 18, 2017 in Adventure

Great White Sightings in California Have Sent Dana Point Into a Tourism Frenzy
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Morganne Litkovitcz has been obsessed with sharks her whole life.

On Saturday, Litkovitz was among dozens to hop aboard Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching’s Ocean Adventure in Dana Point and head out on the first Shark Search tour of the year. Within two hours, the boat was surrounded by five to six juvenile great whites in shallow water just 120 yards off Capistrano Beach.

In all, the group on the tour saw eight great whites on Saturday. The largest was estimated at 8-10 feet-in-length. Another boater estimated there were 12-14 juvenile great whites in the area between Capistrano Beach and Poche Beach.

In recent days shark-sighting reports have changed this seaside town’s image from whale-watching to shark-watching. Eco-tourism is the number one attraction in Dana Point, which dubs itself the Whale-Watching Capital of the West, according to the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and Visit Dana Point.

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