A swarm of great white sharks have surrounded a group of USA paddle boarders as a police helicopter crew urged them to get out of the water.
"You are safer going to a really crowded beach because we rarely see shark bite incidents on people at those places". Most of the white sharks we have in Southern California are juveniles - less than 10-12 feet. A number of great whites have been spotted near the shore recently, including two Thursday morning. "We just want people to know that they're out there", said Capt. Cameron Abel, with the Long Beach Fire Department's Marine Safety Division.
More sharks were spotted off a southern California beach Wednesday. Most of the sharks never left California this winter and are congregating in shark "hot spots" off Huntington Beach, San Onofre, Santa Monica Bay and Ventura, shark expert Chris Lowe told The San Francisco Chronicle.
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Shark sightings actually aren't all that uncommon. He said they lingered most of the summer and then disappeared.
Another said: "This explains the reason why I do not swim in the ocean".
Warnings have been posted on beaches up and down south California after shark sightings this week. "They've been protected in US waters since 2005", Lowe explained.
"El Niño conditions previous year created warmer temperatures that enticed white sharks to linger along the Southern California shoreline into the winter and then return quickly again early this spring", Joshua Emerson Smith wrote in the San Diego Union Tribune. On Wednesday of this week, there was also a surfer in the area who had reported an 8-foot shark darting towards him while in the water.