, a spokesman reported that a 7-foot-long juvenile great white had been seen by lifeguards near Black’s Beach after an injured sea lion was found in the surf break.
California State Parks did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the incident.
of Del Mar City Hall’s Del Mar Weekly – a city around half an hour away – said lifeguards and in the area had been monitoring the influx, tagging sharks, gathering data from underwater receiver buoys and studying aerial images from a drone.
The publication said thatChris Lowe told officials that new data showed the numbers of white sharks have been dramatically increasing over the past decade.
“The waters off Southern California are a nursery for white sharks,” Del Mar Weekly explained. “Once hatched, baby sharks must fend for themselves. Stingrays — which also gathered in great numbers last summer in Del Mar — provide an accessible food source.”
FOX5 reported Tuesday that Lowe and his team have tagged around 120 sharks off thecoast so far, although “shark season” is just beginning.
A similar study recentlyfound that between 2011 and 2018, great white shark numbers in Pacific waters had notably risen.
Researchers from, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center partnered and completed more than 2,500 hours of observation.
They– a figure up from a 2011 three-year study that found just 219 sharks.
The sharks canand weigh more than 2,000 pounds.
They can live for up to 70 years.