Multiple fake shark warning signs were posted this morning around Pleasure Point area in Santa Cruz advising surfers to stay out of the water. The sign claimed that the California Parks Department had received three different reports of great white shark incidences around the areas of Capitola Beach, Privates and Rockview on late Wednesday afternoon. The warning also advised surfers to paddle out at Cowells instead of Pleasure Point.
Spokesperson from the California State Parks Department, Eddie Rhee-Pizano, told The Surf Channel that the signs were not real. According to the spokesperson, local agencies such as lifeguards didn’t receive any occurrence regarding shark attacks on Wednesday afternoon.
“Apparently, someone stole the logo of the California State Parks Department and used it as official,” said Rhee-Pizano. “We believe they did that to keep people out of the water, because the swells are coming.” Aka… it’s firing on the Pacific Coast, and sure to be crowded.
The fake signs were taken down on Thursday morning around the area.