This Great White Feeding Will Give you Something to Ponder On Your Next Swim to Alcatraz.

by Chris Dixon


Very crimson water, courtesy of a Great White, San Francisco Bay. Screen Grab from video by Chris Hindler. 

With the caption “Guess we know what happened to the few escapees…” YouTube user Chris Hindler captured the lingering fear of every swimmer who ever rounded Alcatraz Island or every surfer who ever paddled out at Fort Point. Yes, that’s a Great White shark eviscerating an unfortunate seal or sea lion near Alcatraz – inside San Francisco Bay. This may well be the first documented feeding of this kind in these waters, and it will probably give pause to the brave people who do this.


Photo: Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim

It also makes me wonder even more. Given the swift, outgoing tidal current, the frigid water and this massive carnivore, did Frank Morris and his posse ever actually make it to dry land after they escaped The Rock on June 11, 1962?


The raft of Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin, as it was reported to have been found. Still from NatGeo’s Vanished from Alcatraz.

Only those three – and maybe this shark – will ever know. In the meantime, enjoy the carnage. The red-haired kid in this video surely does.

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If you’re still feeling lucky, here’s your chance to sign up for a swim out and around the notorious prison with your finned friends. You can venture out with Water World Swim or perhaps more appropriately, get your blood pumping in the 2016 Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim. You won’t be alone.

For a thrill closer to home, Clint Eastwood’s Escape From Alcatraz is an absolute classic.

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