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Researchers see influx of juvenile great white sharks at North County beaches

Del Mar, CA – She surfs the Del Mar Reef every morning between 4th and 11th Avenues. Working as a surf instructor in the area, she also sees what the experts say. Younger great white sharks have been found along the coast.

“Two (shark) violations were seen one after another at the surf break on Fifteenth Avenue,” said a woman identified as autumn. “I thought it was pretty unusual.”

Chris Lowe, director of Shark Labs at California State University Long Beach, said he worked with the city of Delmar and its guards to track shark movements off the city’s coastline. They tag sharks with acoustic transmission darts that send data to underwater receiving buoys above and below the coast, and use drones to monitor their movement, size, and proximity to the coast.

“We know that there are quite a few young white sharks we’ve seen, many of which we have tagged,” Rowe said. “But there are still some percentages that haven’t been tagged.”

Researchers can detect sharks moving along the beach in Delmar, but not sharks moving to other areas such as Lahoya or Oceanside, Rowe added.

Six great white sharks were found on Saturday near 15th Avenue in Delmar in a video shot by stand-up paddler Dylan Rhea, Stephen Schroeder, and Kian Huber.

According to Rowe, finding them is not difficult. He has hours of video showing white sharks among and among swimmers and surfers.

“So far, we haven’t seen any signs of what we call aggression,” Rowe said. “Curiosity, sure.”

Nate George, who surfs in Delmar every week, says it’s a bit collaborative, “but it doesn’t seem to affect the lineup at all.”

“There were a million people here yesterday,” said George.

Rowe said sharks are sometimes curious and approach underwater boards.

“They don’t seem to do much,” he said. “Sometimes you surprise them when they really get closer and you move, and when they run away they actually hit the board because they are so close.”

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