Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

25 great white sharks spotted off Southern California coast

25 great white sharks spotted off Southern California coast

Warning signs were posted after at least 10 juvenile great white sharks were spotted swimming along the shore in the Long Beach peninsula Wednesday afternoon.

Advisories were posted for beaches up and down Southern California after shark sightings this week - including at San Onofre State Beach, where a woman was bitten by a shark April 29. Officials say those great white sharks had come within 10 feet of the shoreline.

Some of the juvenile sharks spotted off the coast occasionally are 6 feet long.

"The fact that we have so many sharks and so many surfers in the water with so few incidents, it's a testament that they don't normally make mistakes", said Nosal. ABC7 meteorologist Leslie Lopez was in the area and caught one of the sharks showing off its fin on camera. They are advising you exit the water in a calm manner. A crew in a tow boat got an up close look at the sharks cruising in the waters.

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"We haven't had any reports of anyone being bumped or charged, just observations of them either swimming or breaching", he said.

The shark advisory was put in place Wednesday and will be put in effect until further notice, Long Beach Fire Department officials said.

Sightings are not uncommon along the coast, but attacks are rare.

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