According to reports, more than a dozen young great white sharks were spotted in waters off Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach.
A untington Beach Police Department helicopter spotted 13 sharks Tuesday night feeding in the water about 50 feet from the shore, reports the Los Angeles Times. The sharks were between 6- to 10-feet long. There were no swimmers or surfers in the water.
No swim advisories or warnings have been posted at Sunset Beach.
The lifeguard unit has received other reports of shark sightings in recent weeks. At least six young sharks were seen near Seal Beach and Huntington Beach on May 11. Officials issued warnings in April after two sharks were seen near paddleboarders at Surfside Beach.
1. Sharks have been around for approximately 400 million years with minimal evolution during their ocean lives as supreme predators.
2. About 400 types of sharks exist with only 30 species identified as human hunters.
3. The chance of being killed by a shark is one in 300 million. The chance of being killed by airplane parts falling from the sky is one in 10 million. Chances of being involved in a Sharknado are about one in 500 million. (Actually, that’s just a fabrication).
4. New Jersey had 15 shark attacks in the last century. In 2013, there were 47 attacks nationwide and just two fatalities. Shark attacks are not exactly a life threatening event.
5. According to Random Facts, “Sharks don’t get cavities probably because they are constantly shedding teeth. Sharks have 40-45 teeth, with up to seven rows of replacement teeth behind them. When a front tooth breaks or falls out, it takes only about one day for a replacement tooth to move forward to the front row. Sharks can go through more than 30,000 teeth in a lifetime.”
6. The same website noted that “In 1977, Happy Days’ Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli jumped over a penned-in shark while on water skis, giving birth to the expression “jumping the shark” to describe a desperate dramatic measure by a TV show. (Who knew?)
7. There’s actually a Shark Research Institute (SRI) located in Princeton, N.J. Founded in 1991, the scientific research organization, was created to sponsor and conduct research on sharks and promote their conservation. Field offices are in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and the United Kingdom, according to www.sharks.org.
8. Men are victims in 90 percent of all shark attacks. Fellas, don’t fall for that old shark trick when your significant other first inquires about your insurance policy then insists you head off into the ocean.
9. In 1916, sharks attacked five people in or around Spring Lake, Beach Haven and two others in Matawan Creek. Four were killed.
10. All these conversations allow perfect opportunities to teach children and learn about not only sharks but the world’s vast oceans. So, everybody grab a library book, a cool drink and shades. For a good time, visit New Jersey’s wonderful shore towns.