For sixteen years, Dr. Paul Kanive and Scot Anderson of the California White Shark Project have never failed to see Tomales Point’s legendary Mr. Burns, a 17-foot male. During the 2023 field season, however, the team saw atypical shark numbers at the Point—and no Mr. Burns.

With support from PRNSA’s Neubacher Marine Science Fund, Kanive and Anderson are learning more about this mystery and the white sharks’ spatial and population ecology off the Point Reyes coast.