Environmental Policy Causes Increase in California Shark Sightings

As tourist and locals alike flock to the beach this summer, many will report shark sightings resulting in both fear and awe from other beach-goers. This summer, California has witnessed an unexpected increase in shark sightings.

In April of this year, a woman was bitten by an alleged Great White shark while swimming off of San Onofre beach, and multiple sightings of young, Great White's at Long Beach have many engaging in shark-fanaticism.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that another group of juvenile Great Whites were spotted off the shore of Sea Cliff State Beach on May 31, 2017.

On Friday, June 02, 2017, the most recent in this year's California beach incidents, numerous sharks were spotted about two miles away from the shore of San Clemente Pier. According to KABC News, Lifeguards issued an advisory warning before calling the Orange County Sheriff's Department and a local scientific laboratory dedicated to sharks to tag the animals.

In the San Clemente Pier, Sea Cliff State Beach and Long Beach sightings, the sharks did not display aggressive behavior or present any immediate danger to beach-goers allowing the beaches to remain open for public use.

This increase in sightings is attributed to both increased environmental protections as well as the movement of larger sharks from the area. All of the above, non-aggressive sightings were of small, young Great Whites displaying "lounge-like" behavior without fear of persecution from larger, more-dominant sharks. The juveniles are expected to remain in the area until August as a result.

The environmental changes referenced above alludes to policy efforts to protect the marina's wild life. As we witness growth in small mammal populations, there is a subsequent increase in local shark populations as the environment attempts to reach a balance.

Experts and authorities alike encourage beach-goers to practice caution in sharing the environment with the sharks.
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