An example of a Great White shark. Photo via Pixabay
An example of a Great White shark. Photo via Pixabay

There have been a lot more shark sightings than usual off Huntington Beach lately.

For reasons that scientists have yet to determine, the number of juvenile great white sharks observed swimming along the Orange County city’s shoreline has increased dramatically, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

“I’ve seen more white sharks this year than I have in the previous 30,” Lt. Claude Panis of the Huntington Beach Fire Department’s Marine Safety Division told The Times.

Prior to 2015, authorities never had to keep the public out of the waters off Huntington Beach because of shark activity. Since then, however, there have been three closures, including one earlier this month after several large sharks were seen in the water about 150 yards off of the coast.

And a woman swimmer was hospitalized after a shark attack in the waters off Orange County over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The shark scares weren’t limited to Orange County. A great white shark was spotted around a main diving beach off Catalina Island.

—City News Service

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