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Snorkeling with Leopard Sharks at La Jolla

These species of shark are peaceful and calm creatures that love summer and enjoy warm waters


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Every summer thousands of leopard sharks head to the coast of La Jolla to mate. The warmer temperature provides an ideal place for eggs to incubate, and the sharks stay here up to six months before leaving with their babies.

Leopard sharks got their name for dark brown spots on a gray background that look like a leopard print. These are docile and shy creatures, if you keep your distance and don't bother them, they won't hurt you as well. Only one case was recorded in 1955 when a leopard shark attacked a diver, and fortunately, he survived. Many people come here with children to spend an incredibly educational and adventurous day on the beach.

Most of these sharks you'll find in the cove of La Jolla are female, and all of them are pregnant. They come to warmer waters to speed up the birthing process. The most incredible thing about it is the fact that you can grab a snorkel and spend some time together with them if you are ready for such an experience.

The right time to snorkel with leopard sharks is between late June and early December, but the peak season is in August and September. When it comes to choosing the best day, you need a sunny day and calm waters, that is the most important factor.

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