Parasailing Over Sharks in the OC

A new craze for adrenaline junkies is making its way through Orange County as people have the opportunity to get up close to great white sharks.

Shark sightings have become more common in Dana Point, the location of Dana Point Parasail a business owned by Christopher Turgeon.

“You can tell when they see the sharks, they don’t want to get their feet wet. Sometimes we drag their feet in the water. All of a sudden, they have their feet lifted up.”

 

Turgeon says it wasn't his plan to have this as part of his business, but since the shark sightings have exploded since May, people can't get enough of the thrill.

“The people that know the sharks are here, they ask about it. They are going because they want to see them. I’ll purposely go in that area so they have a higher chance of seeing them.

Experts say they've never seen so many sharks so close to the shore, but say that protections against sharks and their food sources is helping bring them in.

The sightings are doing wonders for other businesses as well.

Dana Wharf Whale Watching manager Donna Kalez says their Shark Tours sold out week after week when great whites were spotted off Capo Beach in Dana Point. 

However, she says the company decided to stop offering the shark-specific tours, instead adding them as sporadic sightings into their regular whale-watching trips.

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