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Pictured is a leopard shark swimming in a kelp forest. Photo courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Suzanne Guldimann, Freelance Reporter
2:31 pm PDT October 8, 2014

Every autumn, leopard sharks gather in the warm shallow water of the sandy coves off Point Dume, delighting — and sometimes alarming — swimmers and surfers. Despite their sleek, instantly recognizable shark shape and impressive size — adults can reach seven feet in length — this species is harmless to humans.