Multiple Ocean-Goers Warned from OC Waters Due to Sharks

While it’s no surprise to us that there are sharks sharing the ocean with us, there has been an alarmingly high frequency of shark sightings in Orange County, California lately.

Sharks have been spotted breaching outside of the famous Lower Trestles lineup, drones have spotted groups of sharks around San Clemente and there was a recent attack near San Onofre State Beach.

The video above, from Wednesday, is from an Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and shows multiple sharks off of Capistrano Beach. In it, Deputy Brian Stockbridge warns a paddleboarder via loudspeaker that, “You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks. They are advising you exit the water in a calm manner. The sharks are as close as the surfline.”

That afternoon, surfers at Church—the same location at which a woman was attacked a week-and-a-half ago just north of San Onofre—surfers were also warned to get out of the water by a helicopter crew as there were a couple sharks spotted in the area.

Whatever the cause in this uptick of sightings, whether it’s water temperature changes, food chain issues, conservation efforts, or increased media scrutiny, locals in the area are concerned. That includes the SUP magazine staff, many of whom frequent the very places these sharks have been spotted.

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