MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (CNN/KTLA) — Beachgoers in southern California got a bit of a scare this week: Sharks were spotted swimming in the waters off Manhattan Beach. In the video, you’ll see what was swimming in the waters: several great white sharks. This mother saw one swimming close to the coast.
“And then, all of the sudden, I see like a fin, you know,” said Onaree Segal. “I can tell it was a shark.”
Other sharks were spotted a little further out, watching swimmers pass by.
“It’s been a common sighting around here for the last three years or so to see juvenile white sharks in the area, and those were determined to be nonaggressive,” said LA County Lifeguards Capt. Jeff Horn.
Lifeguards were alerted to about four- or five sharks, swimming just south of the pier. They didn’t clear the water but kept a close eye on the sharks.
“Once we found out that the animals were 8 feet or below, we stood by, we monitored them for about an hour, and when they were found to be nonagressive, we abandoned our activities there,” said Horn. “They went their ways, and we went our ways.”
While the 1975 film “Jaws” left an image in many people’s minds of sharks being man-eaters, experts say sharks — especially the juveniles — traditionally don’t attack humans.
“We actually see the juvenile white sharks, and they’re just curious,” said Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Wayne Powell. “They don’t attack unless they’re provoked.”