Two different schools of great white sharks, like this one, were spotted off beaches in southern California on Wednesday. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports for TODAY on what may be attracting the sharks to come closer to shore.
Marine safety officials have attributed the activity to a "thriving aquatic ecosystem" in the area, and estimated that 10 to 20 juvenile sharks swam near Long Beach daily. "When they're babies, they're afraid of pretty much everything, so they may not really be that different from us", Lowe said.
After getting the ok, the officer went on to warn people on a loudspeaker: "This area is heavily populated with large great white sharks, please do not enter the water".
A shark advisory remained in effect in parts of southern California Friday following a spike in shark sightings along the coast. There also were reports from people on the beach who saw the sharks, Young told the news organization.
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"Be advised state parks is asking us to make an announcement to let you know that you are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks". And this was 50 miles north of Capistrano Beach. "Within six feet of the surfer, its tail flipped and it made a circling motion around him", a lifeguard told The Orange County Register.
"El Niño conditions past 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.
This weekend, for the first time, there will be a "shark boat tour" taking off from Dana Point, just down the coast.