Shark! Long Beach posts new warnings along beaches

A surf organization that monitors shark activity says almost 30 sharks were spotted from Long Beach to San Onofre beach in just one day this week.

Sky 2 spotted several sharks swimming off Long Beach's coast Thursday morning.

Swimmers at a California beach were told to get out of the water after 15 great white sharks were spotted by a circling police helicopter.

Most of the white sharks we have in Southern California are juveniles - less than 10-12 feet. That's because the sharks eat stingrays, which are known to cause painful injuries to people playing in the surf in the area.

Fire captain Cameron Abel, of the Marine Safety Unit in Long Beach, said the increase in shark sightings is similar to an influx seen at this time past year.

She says new tools are allowing us to be far more aware of shark activity near out beaches.

"We have paddleboarders and swimmers in the water and we have an excess of about 15 sharks in the surfline".

In March, a shark sighting near Newport Beach in Orange County did prompt a beach closure.

These shark sightings are becoming so common that Southern California businesses are even looking to cash in.

It's also recommended that people stick to populated beaches and avoid remote locations, especially where rivers empty into the sea.

'They didn't migrate south in the winter, which they usually did, ' Lowe said. "We think they do that because that's a safe place". "So along our beaches, the stingray populations have been kind of exploding over the last 50 years". He said they lingered most of the summer and then disappeared.

"Sharks live in the ocean - anytime you venture out in the ocean, you have to know other creatures live in the ocean", he said.

  • Tracy Klein