Over a dozen great white sharks were spotted swimming along Southern California’s coast, and sparked urgent warnings for paddle-boarders in the area to exit the water calmly and immediately.
In video footage posted Orange County’s Sheriff Department, the sharks can be seen swimming alongside some people paddle-boarding in the waters of Dana Point.
The group had been warned by the officer, who had flown over their area inside a chopper.
‘You are paddle-boarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks,’ said deputy Brian Stockbridge in an announcement over the chopper’s loudspeaker.
‘They are advising you exit the water in a calm manner. The sharks are as close as the surf-line.’
The video stayed and focused on sharks swimming in the water, not showing the beachgoers, however other people can be seen standing on the beach coast after the warning.
Long Beach’s Fire Department has issued an advisory on the sharks ‘until further notice’.
‘Two 3-5ft juvenile great whites seen @ Peninsula Oceanfront. No aggressive behavior!’ said the department in a tweet on Thursday.
Lifeguards Chief in Orange County, Jason Young, said to the Register of how multiple reports of sharks being spotted in the Capo Beach region have caused alarm.
‘We haven’t had any reports of anyone being bumped or charged, just observations of them either swimming or breaching,’ said Young.
The director at the Shark Lab in Cal State Long Beach, Chris Lowe, was studying recent shifts in the particular shark’s behavior throughout Southern California.
‘Ocean temperatures are rising, causing them to live in places they’ve never lived before,’ said Lowe to the news outlet.
‘Populations are coming back. And ocean conditions may be pushing them to new places.’