Science Sunday: The Secret Lives of California Great White Sharks

As one of the most ancient vertebrates, sharks have roamed the ocean for some 500 million years and persisted through multiple global mass extinction events. One of the largest predatory shark species, great white sharks are vast travelers and can be found worldwide. Yet California is home to a unique and genetically isolated population of these feared and often misunderstood predators. Today, these ancient creatures concentrate around key areas at the doorstep of California’s most populated metropolitan areas. What they do below the surface of the opaque waters has been seldom observed, and has largely remained a mystery. This void of knowledge is often colored by our primal fears and the enduring narrative of Jaws.

Join us as Salvador Jorgensen, Senior Research Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, shares discoveries and dispels myths resulting from a decade and half of great white shark research and exploration.

Photo credit: Terry Goss

Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room
100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, California 95060

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

General Public


Science & Technology, Research


Science Sunday, Seymour Center Event



Adult $9, Senior (65 and older), $7 Student (with ID), $7 Child (3-16 years old) $7 Toddler (2 and under) Free, Members (join now) Free, UCSC undergraduate with valid ID Free

Seymour Marine Discovery Center


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