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Paddle boarder has close encounter with great white shark in Carpinteria

Santa Barbara paddle boarder Mario Guilin captures drone footage of a peaceful encounter with a great white shark in Carpinteria, California.
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Santa Barbara paddle boarder Mario Guilin captures drone footage of a peaceful encounter with a great white shark in Carpinteria, California.

Observing great white sharks off the Carpinteria coast is a near daily occurrence for Mario Guilin. Yet, this time was different for the 30-year-old Santa Barbara resident.

On a particularly calm August morning, Guilin took his paddle board, GoPro and drone camera out to Padaro Beach and captured a peaceful encounter with a great white shark.

“You can see them from the shore,” said Guilin, a technical services agent who also coaches baseball at Santa Barbara High School. “They’re not very far out.”

A self-described shark enthusiast, Guilin can be seen in the video paddling within feet of the shark, which doesn’t seem to mind the paddle boarder’s presence.

A friend of Guilin’s operated the drone camera from shore.

“I know the water there in Carpinteria is very murky,” Guilin said. “When they’re at the surface, they’re very relaxed.”

Mike Brink, who owns Morro Bay Boat Charters, was conducting a coastal charter just south of Morro Rock on Thursday morning, Sept. 8, 2016 — filming a dead dolphin he had come across — when “all of a sudden a shark came right up” to the side of th

Francesca Nash, a marine science major at Cal Poly, spotted a great white shark near her paddle board off the coast of Santa Barbara in June 2017.

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