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United States police chopper warns paddleboarders they're surrounded by 15 sharks

13 May 2017, 01:49 | Ruby West

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Screen grab from a video shot by the Orange County Sheriff's Department of Great White sharks off the coast of Dana Point, California, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

People have to remember: Spring and summer have always been shark season in Southern California. So if I was on a paddle board and there were 15 great white sharks near me, I would've just called it a life.

On Saturday, about 10 to 20 juvenile Great White sharks were spotted in the same area, prompting a similar advisory.

Some of the juvenile sharks spotted off the coast occasionally are 6-feet long. "The sharks are as close as the surf line", Deputy Stockbridge broadcasts.

"During the day, they hang out very close to the surface in relatively shallow water relatively close to the beach", Lowe said.




Beachgoers have been warned about entering the water "at their own risk". The Southern California Bight, that area that goes from Santa Barbara to kind of mid-Baja, is known as a nursery for most of the Pacific white sharks because, frankly, they're some of the most productive waters in the world. Experts say all these sightings are part of a larger trend - there are more sharks in the water. "Within six feet of the surfer, its tail flipped and it made a circling motion around him", a lifeguard told The Orange County Register.

According to a recent report by the nonprofit conservation group Oceana, thousands of sharks are caught and trapped in fishing nets and other fishing gear every year.

Ericson, a single mother of three, has undergone two operations after suffering significant blood loss when she was bitten on her right thigh and buttock, according to a statement released by her family on May 5.

Chris Lowe of the Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab was taking an overnight boat ride to tag the sharks and track their every single movement.

The OCSD sighting is only one of the many reported sightings of great whites in California.



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