Several young great white sharks spanning four to seven feet long were sighted in Long Beach over the last week, prompting marine officials to warn beachgoers.
The juvenile sharks were first seen Tuesday close to the shore off the city’s Peninsula by beachgoers who reported them to lifeguards, said Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) spokesman Mark Miller.
The sharks were seen “feeding on the abundant food supply of stingrays and sea bass,” said Marine Safety Chief Gonzalo Medina.
The sharks did not display any aggressive behavior, such a coming into contact with a swimmer, which would warrant a beach closure, according to Miller.
“They are basically just eating, and especially because of the warm water and the stingrays in the area, they [the lifeguards] feel that is what is drawing them near the shore,” Miller said.
Lifeguards have been patrolling the waters from Prospect Avenue to 72nd Place with personal watercrafts and rescue boats and received assistance from Seal Beach lifeguards who used drones to more closely identify the sharks, Miller said.
“Shark sighted” advisory signs have been posted from 72nd Place to the La Verne Avenue Lifeguard Tower, according to Medina.
Beachgoers are asked to pay attention to posted signs and instructions from lifeguards and public safety personnel.
Miller said lifeguards last spotted the sharks on Sunday.
Above, left photo courtesy of LBFD.