Jim Serpa, a shark geek, explains why sharks feed people’s darkest fears and imaginations

  • Dana Point Science Night participants check out shark jaws, teeth, and other shark-related artifacts on display following a presentation about sharks at the Dana Point Community Center on Thursday evening, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

    Dana Point Science Night participants look into shark jaws, teeth, as well as various other shark-related artefacts on display following a discussion about sharks at the Dana Point Recreation center on Thursday night, July 13, 2017. Image By Jeff Antenore, Adding Professional photographer

  • Rick Bernas and Christina Tang-Bernas of Mission Viejo check out a preserved shark in a jar during a Dana Point Science Night event about sharks at the Dana Point Community Center on Thursday evening, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

    Rick Bernas as well as Christina Tang-Bernas of Objective Viejo have a look at a maintained shark in a jar during a Dana Point Science Evening occasion regarding sharks at the Dana Factor Recreation center on Thursday evening, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Professional photographer

  • Dana Point Science Night participants check out shark jaws, teeth, and other shark-related artifacts on display following a presentation about sharks at the Dana Point Community Center on Thursday evening, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

    Dana Point Scientific research Evening participants look into shark jaws, teeth, as well as other shark-related artefacts on display adhering to a presentation concerning sharks at the Dana Factor Neighborhood Center on Thursday night, July 13, 2017. Picture By Jeff Antenore, Adding Professional photographer

  • Dana Point Science Night participants check out shark jaws, teeth, and other shark-related artifacts on display following a presentation about sharks at the Dana Point Community Center on Thursday evening, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

    Dana Factor Science Night individuals look into shark jaws, teeth, as well as various other shark-related artifacts on display screen following a presentation regarding sharks at the Dana Point Recreation center on Thursday evening, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Adding Photographer

  • Jim Serpa, a shark enthusiast and former Supervising Ranger at Doheny State Beach, holds up a shark rattle, similar to ones used by indigenous peoples from the Pacific Islands to make noise underwater that attracts sharks, while giving a presentation about sharks during Dana Point Science Night on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

    Jim Serpa, a shark enthusiast as well as previous Supervising Ranger at Doheny State Coastline, stands up a shark rattle, just like ones used by aboriginal individuals from the Pacific Islands to make sound undersea that brings in sharks, while providing a discussion about sharks during Dana Point Science Night on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Picture By Jeff Antenore, Adding Professional photographer

  • Dana Point Science Night participants check out shark jaws, teeth, and other shark-related artifacts on display following a presentation about sharks at the Dana Point Community Center on Thursday evening, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

    Dana Point Science Night participants have a look at shark jaws, teeth, as well as various other shark-related artefacts on screen following a discussion concerning sharks at the Dana Factor Area Facility on Thursday night, July 13, 2017. Picture By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Digital photographer

  • Jim Serpa, a shark enthusiast and former Supervising Ranger at Doheny State Beach, holds up shark jaws while giving a presentation about sharks during Dana Point Science Night on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

    Jim Serpa, a shark enthusiast and former Supervising Ranger at Doheny State Beach, holds up shark jaws while giving a presentation concerning sharks during Dana Factor Scientific research Night on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Professional photographer

  • Shark enthusiast Jim Serpa, the former Supervising Ranger at Doheny State Beach, shows a pair of small leopard shark jaws to Noah Hanks, 12, of Dana Point during a Dana Point Science Night event about sharks at the Dana Point Community Center on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

    Shark lover Jim Serpa, the previous Supervising Ranger at Doheny State Coastline, shows a pair of small leopard shark jaws to Noah Hanks, 12, of Dana Point during a Dana Factor Scientific research Evening event concerning sharks at the Dana Point Neighborhood Facility on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Picture By Jeff Antenore, Adding Photographer

  • Noah Hanks, 12, of Dana Point holds up a jar containing a small preserved shark during a Dana Point Science Night presentation, lead by shark enthusiast Jim Serpa, at the Dana Point Community Center on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

    Noah Hanks, 12, of Dana Factor stands up a container consisting of a small maintained shark throughout a Dana Point Scientific research Evening discussion, lead by shark lover Jim Serpa, at the Dana Factor Neighborhood Facility on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Picture By Jeff Antenore, Adding Photographer

  • Dana Point Science Night participants check out shark jaws, teeth, and other shark-related artifacts on display following a presentation about sharks at the Dana Point Community Center on Thursday evening, July 13, 2017. Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer

    Dana Point Scientific research Evening participants inspect out shark jaws, teeth, and also other shark-related artifacts on screen adhering to a presentation regarding sharks at the Dana Factor Recreation center on Thursday night, July 13, 2017. Picture By Jeff Antenore, Adding Professional photographer

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DANA FACTOR Many every person at Jim Serpa’s current Shark Talk had one concern in mind: Why are there numerous records of terrific white sharks off Coastline Roadway in Capistrano Beach?

Serpa, 61, a previous overseeing ranger at Doheny State Beach and self-described educated shark nerd, had the response. Initially, he claimed, their visibility there isn’t really brand-new.

“The area is not very congested and also it could be tranquil and also a good resource for their food such as stingray, baitfish and also flatfish like halibut, skates and also the like,” he stated.” The water could be cozy and also the exposure is usually poor which the juvie whites like. it makes them feel much safer.”

Serpa’s discussion of great whites and various other shark varieties, Thursday, July 13, was the month’s Scientific research Night at the Dana Point Recreation center. The event drew loads with the room at ability as well as standing-room just for some that didn’t wish to miss out.

“It was just one of the largest crowds I’ve ever had here in Dana Point,” claimed Serpa, of San Clemente.

Serpa hosts campfire shark talks at Doheny State Beach each year as well as does various other talking involvements to get words out concerning sharks. With recent strikes off Orange Region &http://#8212; &http://#8212; including triathlete Maria Korcsmaros off Corona Del Mar in Could 2016 and Leeanne Ericson, who was bitten off Camp Pendleton in a browse break referred to as Churchs this year — — rate of interest is at an all-time high.

“& ldquo; They & rsquo; re stunning and also they & rsquo; re frightening “, & rdquo; he said. & ldquo; They & rsquo; re smooth as well as seem so calm till they explode right into activity.”

& rdquo; Serpa aims to obtain people interested, educated and also involved about sharks. He wants to resolve the concept that sharks are cruising the shore waiting to strike swimmers. His discussion consisted of hands-on discovering with shark artifacts like teeth and substantial jaws.

The hands-on exhibitions were exactly just what Madilyn Taylor,8, and Claire Taylor Cook, 6, loved most. Both Dana Factor women existed with their grandfather, Chuck Taylor, 62.

Serpa had loaded up three eight-foot tables and also the ladies got virtually every item.

For Chuck Taylor, an enthusiastic surfer who has good friends that observed the Churchs attack, Serpa’s discussion made him really feel extra relaxed about the sharks.

“He made you relax guaranteed that they have actually been out there a long period of time as well as they’re not truly predators trying to find individuals when the food they typically consume is around,” he claimed.

Taylor was impressed with Serpa’s knowledge and interest for sharks.

But that enthusiasm comes simple for Serpa, that has been attracted by the effective beasts all his life. Early motivation originated from TV shows such Sea Hunt as well as Jacques Cousteau specials.

He began snorkeling as a kid as well as came to be a qualified diver in 1970.

Serpa researched sharks at San Diego State College, after that in classes at Sea World, San Diego Natural History Museum, Scripps as well as at Cal State Long Beach.

By diving around the world — — Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii, Mexico, the Bahamas, the United States as well as British Virgin Islands as well as California —– Serpa has actually seen dozens of species beyond just fantastic whites.

“If you are fortunate adequate to see a shark undersea is to view excellence.” he stated. “They were designed over countless years to be there and they are a wonder to see.”

His preferred is the leopard shark. It’s a local shark and its the initial kind he saw when he started snorkeling as a child.

“They are beautiful with all their markings,” he said. “You can dive with them in multitudes annually off La Jolla which we resolve doing as well as have provided for over Thirty Years. They are entirely safe generally. When I worked at Doheny, I would ask regional browse fisherman to maintain little infants that they would certainly capture as well as I would certainly place them in our storage tanks for several years till they grew also big and afterwards release them back where they were caught.”

Together with his substantial knowledge of sharks, Serpa makes use of wit making the topic a lot more pleasant.

“Occasionally that assists individuals be much more open up to learning more about a pet that many are frightened about,” he said. “I do some function playing where I tackle the semblance of a South Pacific Islander asking for the shark to come into the coral reef as well as I finish it with a surprise twist, and also finally I bring lots of stuff individuals can touch, analyze and also truly obtain near sharks in this way.”

He assumes many people who are afraid sharks, specifically the wonderful whites simply require to be enlightened concerning them.

Serpa describes Peter Benchley, author of “Jaws” and “Shark Problem,” who composed, “& ldquo; Sharks originate from a wing of the dark castle where our problems live—– deep water past our sight and understanding—– and so they promote our anxieties and dreams and also imaginations.”

He always utilizes that quote in his presentations.

“Many people aren’& rsquo; t truly at home in the sea and below is this big terrifying beast that lives there,” Serpa said. “When we enter the water we are walking on their lawn, not ours. Yet the simple answer is in education, individuals simply put on’& rsquo; t recognize the real facts about them.”

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