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Long Beach shark advisory still in effect

A shark advisory issued by the Long Beach Marine Safety Division.
A shark advisory issued by the Long Beach Marine Safety Division.
Long Beach Marine Safety Division via Facebook

A shark advisory remains in effect in Long Beach after another sighting Saturday afternoon. The advisory covers the area from Claremont Street to 72nd Place.

Authorities from the Long Beach Marine Safety Division posted a warning on Facebook: "We continue to get reports of juvenile white sharks in the area of Peninsula Beach. At 1520 today [3:20 p.m.], we confirmed one shark from aerial helicopter footage that was reviewed by Marine Safety personnel. This shark was not displaying any aggressive behavior."

Southern Californians have been on high alert for sharks all week.

An Orange County Sheriff's helicopter on Wednesday shot video of a school of at least a dozen juvenile great white sharks swimming near the beach. That prompted officials to blare a warning — "You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks." — from a helicopter. It also led OC Lifeguards to issue an advisory stretching from Capistrano Beach to San Onofre.

In late April, a woman was bitten by a shark while swimming at San Onofre State Beach.

The day before, another dozen or so young great whites, feeding on sting rays, were spotted close to the shore in Long Beach. 

Dr. Chris Lowe with the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach has some advice in case you encounter a shark. He tells KPCC:

I think a lot of people have this notion that if they see a shark, that the shark’s going to attack them, and that’s simply not true.... People do have to start to recognize behaviors. So if the shark starts rapidly moving towards the person, and veering away, and then coming back and getting closer and closer, that is a sign of potential aggression, and that’s when people should back away. We always recommend you always keep your eyes on the shark. That shark knows that you’re watching, and by keeping your eyes on the shark, the shark’s less likely to come in and try anything, and you can move away and get out of the water.