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.
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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.”