Surfers were unnerved by the fact that the best waves for surfing also came with oil that seeped on shore. If there aren’t rocks, there are seals. The sharks hunt wherever the seals are plentiful. If a surfer isn’t worried about sharks and seals, the swimmers have to worry about protecting themselves from the oil as they play in the water, but the great point led to education. High school teachers, university professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the instructors took advance of the oil by teaching students the importance of petroleum production. As we drove our cars from Pismo Beach to the fields spinning pumps in Bakersfield, educated students learned about the academics of the tar seeps along the shore from the basin along Ventura County.