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Record Number Of Sharks In Southern California

There are more sharks in the water off the coast of Southern California than ever before, according to CSULB's Shark Lab. “This was a big year,” Dr. Chris Lowe, director of the lab, said. “So, even with COVID, we tagged more sharks this year than we have any other year.”

Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab, which has 120 underwater listening stations from San Luis Obispo to San Diego along the coast of California to track sharks, said its team had tagged 38 sharks, more than triple the number that they were able to tag last year.

Lowe states that usually in the fall the sharks would migrate to the south due to water temperature in Southern California getting cooler, so it's a surprise for researchers to find this year so many sharks are still swimming in the region.

"And the aggregations were larger and stayed around longer than they have past years."

Below is satellite tracks (SPOT tags) of young-of-the-year white sharks tagged in SoCal in 2006-2009. Shows typical winter migrations to Baja.

Photos: CSULB's Shark Lab


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