VIDEO: Great white sharks lurking off Southern California coast

10-20 non-agressive juveniles have been spotted
Posted at 3:36 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 00:22:43-04

(KGTV)--As a Vista woman recovers from a vicious shark attack at San Onofre State Beach two weekends ago, multiple sightings of sharks off Southern California shorelines prompted one city to post warning signs to try to prevent a potentially deadly encounter. 

A shark advisory remains in effect Monday in Long Beach after sharks were spotted just 10 feet from shore, according to ABC 7

Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Cameron Abel told 10News that there haven't been any shark sightings since Saturday so the advisory may be lifted Monday evening if there are no further sightings. 

He said juvenile sharks arrived exactly the same time last year in the same area and they were gone by the end of summer. 

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"They're feeding on halibut but once they get bigger and stronger, they'll move away from shore," Abel said. 

Abel added that, to date, there have been no reports of aggressive sharks in Long Beach. But California State Parks developed a shark advisory system, which involves the placement of signs along the water's edge.

For some beachgoers, that's enough to keep them far away.

But for others, like towboat captains Ricky Birks and Mike Del Grande, that's a sign to break out the GoPro. 

Their unbelievable footage captured about 13 great white sharks about 50 feet away from the beach on May 2, Birks told the Orange County Register.


However Leeanne Erickson had an altogether different experience with an aggressive shark further down the coastline.

The Vista single mother remains hospitalized and on a respirator after she went swimming near Camp Pendleton with her boyfriend about an hour before sunset on April 29.

The rear of Erickson's right leg was shredded but thanks to the quick thinking of a helpful witness who tied her leg off with a surfboard leash, her physician said she's doing "remarkably well." 

With two surgeries down and a few more to go, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help Erickson with medical costs.

By now you're probably wondering what you can do to minimize the risk of being bitten by a shark

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some tips:

  • Stay in groups and don't wander too far from shore because this would isolate you and decrease your chances of being rescued
  • Don't go in the water early in the water or in the dark/twilight hours when sharks are most active
  • Don't go in the water if you're bleeding
  • Don't wear shiny jewelry in the water because it resembles fish scales in the water
  • Avoid bright colored clothing
  • Don't splash too much
  • Don't go in the water if sharks are known to be present so heed those shark warnings! 

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy