Hair-raising: Swimmer captured on film swimming right next to a great white shark
CALIFORNIA – How close is too close?
Beachgoers in southern California got a bit of a scare this week.
Sharks were spotted swimming in the water off Manhattan Beach.
Look what was swimming in the waters off Manhattan Beach…
This mother saw one swimming close to the coast.
“And then, all of the sudden, I see like a fin, you know, I can tell it was a shark,” Onaree Segal, a shark observer said.
Other sharks were spotted a little further out, watching swimmers pass by.
“It’s been a common sighting around here for the last three years or so to see juvenile white sharks in the area and those were determined to be non-aggressive,” Capt. Jeff Horn, with L.A. County Lifeguards said.
Lifeguards were alerted about four or five sharks, swimming just south of the pier.
They didn’t clear the water but kept a close eye on the sharks.
“Once we found out that the animals were eight feet or below, we stood by, we monitored them for about an hour, and when they were found to be non-aggressive, we abandoned our activities there. They went their ways and we went out ways,” Capt. Horn said.
While the 1975 film, “Jaws,” left an image in many people’s minds of sharks being man-eaters, experts say sharks especially the juveniles, traditionally don’t attack humans.
“We actually see the juvenile white sharks, and they’re just curious. They don’t attack unless they’re provoked,” Mayor Pro-Tem Wayne Powell said.