Long Beach shark sightings have beachgoers on edge

Long Beach shark sightings have beachgoers on edge

The Orange County Sheriff's Department spotted the sharks via helicopter and warned the paddleboarders and swimmers about the swarm in the area, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Last month, 33-year-old Leeanne Ericson lost part of her leg to a shark attack off San Onofre State Beach.

Orange County Lifeguards Chief, Jason Young, told the Register that there were two reports of shark sightings in the Capo Beach area.

Warmer waters bring out greater numbers of people, too, and they tend to go for longer swims, researchers say.

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We've been studying white sharks in Southern California now for nearly 10 years, and we've learned a lot about what the babies do.

Currently, great white shark toddlers have aggregated off the cities of Dana Point, Long Beach and Ventura in California, Lowe said. Above, a great white shark that presumably did no such thing. And once in a while you'll see a shark jumping out of the water right next to a surfer.

"Well unlike normal, they pretty much complied immediately", Stockbridge said.

Meanwhile in Long Beach, about 10 juvenile great whites were also spotted swimming along the shore. And, indeed, swimming in the Pacific Ocean below and clearly visible from the air, were several great white sharks. ABC News posted a video, showing just how close the sharks came to the beach.

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

"The reason why I think we're seeing more sharks is because we've protected them". He added that if the water temperature patterns don't return, they "might start residing here"'.

Even though sightings have become common, attacks are rare.

Southern California has a bit of a shark problem these days.

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"We're seeing them up-close because the sting rays are close to shore", said Abel.

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