Warming Waters Push Great White Shark to Shore

A 7-foot, young great white shark was seen Friday early morning swimming from the Huntington state coastline to the regional coastline. Lifeguards scared it away eventually, but this is one of the largest great white sightings of the year.

An Anaheim Police Department chopper crew was flying over the water soon before 10:50 a.m. when they detected an great white shark in the waters near Beach Blvd on the border in between the two beaches, claimed Lt. Claude Panis of the Huntington Beach Lifeguards.

Great White Shark Spotted in the Pacific!

Police officials told lifeguards the great white shark was between 10 and 20 feet long, triggering a 15-minute coastline closure. Lifeguards went to the area of the shark sighting and located a 7-foot terrific white shark, likely a juvenile, however authorities frightened it away from the coastline.

Because the great white shark was not as big as originally suspected, lifeguards lifted the alert, yet kept signs posted on the coast alerting coastline goers to the sighting. The signs will stay up one mile north and south of the Huntington Coastline Pier up until Saturday morning, according to authorities.

No One Was Harmed, But This Raises Concerns

The great white shark had no contact with people, as well as no immediate danger was presumed. Later on there was footage of an equally big shark on the coast line captured through a helicopter, but it posed no danger either.

Great White Shark

The Great White Shark is A Vulnerable Species

The great white shark is considered a vulnerable species in the conservation spectrum, so the fact that they’re being spotted in waters that are often laden with people is a dangerous sign. It could be that the animals are being pushed away from their habitats by the warming waters of the world, so we must all be more mindful of gas emissions to keep our shores safe and the great white shark population stable.