With fear of sharks on the rise following an attack that seriously injured a woman in San Diego County, Long Beach fire officials stressed that despite heightened media attention and multiple reports of sightings, shark activity off the city’s coast is on par with last year.
“We estimate 10-20 juvenile sharks swim in the waters off Peninsula beach daily,” according to an Instagram post by the Long Beach Fire Department. “To date, Marine Safety personnel have not observed any aggressive behavior by sharks in Long Beach. From our observations, the sharks’ interest in Long Beach is tied to a thriving aquatic ecosystem in the Long Beach Harbor.
Marine Safety will continue to take reports from the public and actively work to confirm sightings,” according to the fire department, which noted that warning signs will be posted on beaches if deemed necessary.
Fire officials noted that increased media coverage of shark activity has also led to more boaters trying to get a closer look.
“For the safety of our recreational beach users, and the sharks, Marine Safety personnel will continue to enforce against any attempt to disturb the sharks in their natural habitat,” according to the fire department.
Shark sightings have been on the rise in Orange County, just north of the area at San Onofre State Beach where a 35-year-old woman was bitten by a shark last Saturday. She is still on a respirator at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.
Some Orange County beaches, notably in San Clemente, were temporarily deemed off-limits to swimmers this week in response to a spike in shark sightings. According to the Orange County Register, a pair of surfers were chased from the water at Upper Trestles, and another shark was spotted acted aggressively at Lower Trestles. Nine sharks were seen around Poche Beach in Dana Point, and an 11-foot shark was spotted swimming under the San Clemente pier, the Register reported.
— City News Service
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