An example of a Great White shark. Photo via Pixabay

Fearsome Great White sharks were spotted prowling the waters off Orange County Friday as they hunted their next meals, forcing authorities to post shark advisories for Capistrano and Shore Cliffs beaches in Dana Point and San Clemente.

Chris Lowe, who directs the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach, was helping lifeguards tag the sharks, according to San Clemente Marine Safety Officer Blake Anderson.

About four or five Great White sharks were spotted Friday morning, according to Orange County Lifeguards Capt. Brad Herzog. All of the sharks are thought to be juveniles based on their size, and since younger sharks aren’t as aggressive as adult sharks, an advisory was issued instead of a warning, he said.

“We’ve been in advisory mode for several weeks now,” Herzog said. “There’s a good amount of them swimming off shore.”

San Clemente beach, which has seen several sharks in its waters of late, was not under an advisory Friday, Anderson said. The last reported shark sighting in San Clemente was May 29, he said.

–City News Service

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