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Illustration and Bookart by Olivia Healy-Mirkovich


Figure 2.4: Pizza Shark

The pizza shark is an infamous subspecies of the pacific northwest coastal waters. While often credited with attacks to swimmers and surfers, most experts believe the animal simply mistakes them for its natural prey, marine pizza, due to adverse water conditions and poor eyesight. Pizza sharks are incredibly active and their hunting tactics include impressive displays of breaching from beneath schools of pizza. There are currently fewer than 400 left in the wild, and conservation efforts are in place to keep this vital apex predator in California waters.

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