13 young great white sharks spotted off Huntington Beach

More than a dozen juvenile great white sharks were spotted Tuesday night in the waters off Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach, police said.

A helicopter with the Huntington Beach Police Department spotted 13 6- to 10-foot sharks feeding in the water about 50 feet from the shore, Officer Jennifer Marlatt said.

It was about 6 p.m. when the flight crew saw the young sharks. There were no swimmers or surfers in the water.

Reports of the sightings were forwarded to Huntington Beach lifeguards. No swim advisories or warning have been posted at Sunset Beach.

The lifeguard unit has received other reports of shark sightings in recent weeks.


The juvenile sharks are typically between 5- to 6-feet and have been spotted swimming close to shore, lifeguard officials said.

It is unclear why the sharks are swimming closer to shore or have been in the area recently.

On May 11, at least six 5- to 6-foot sharks were seen near Seal Beach and Huntington Beach.

Farther north, officials issued warnings after two 5- to 7-foot juvenile sharks were spotted in April swimming outside the surf line near paddleboarders at Surfside Beach.

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