Bad news for swimmers this 4th of July. Warning signs are going up from Rio del Mar to New Brighton Beach State Park as a large group of sharks swarm the waters at SeaCliff State Beach. So if you want to have a fun-filled day at the beach then better stay out of the water!
“Loaning my binoculars to other people. So we’ve had other people coming by, being able to look at them. People are getting real excited by it,” said Salinas resident R.J. Adams.
A video made via a drone by Archer Koch shows a group of 15 juvenile sharks swimming in the area Monday. The sighting prompted authorities to post warning signs that’ll be up through Sunday night. Shark expert Sean Van Sommeran said they arrived two weeks ago and haven’t left.
Most of the sharks are about 8 to 10 feet. However, one was estimated to be about 18-feet and 5,000 pounds.
“Probably feeding at night on small sharks and rays and all of the bait fish. And then lounging around in that warmer water,” said Van Sommeran of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation.Van Sommeran claims its like catching sight of a bear in Yellowstone National Park. Seeing even one should raise warning flags!
“Don’t go running toward the bear cubs or paddling out to sharks,” he said.
Santa Cruz is still a safe place to swim as authorities have not made any shark sightings there. According to authorities, there have been 114 shark attacks in California since 1926, 10 of them were fatal. Fortunately, only seven of the attacks were in Santa Cruz County.
“I have no fears going into the water. I would let my 5-year-old son go in the water,” said one beach goer.