Environment & Science

Shark sighting prompts advisory in Huntington Beach

The Huntington Beach Pier is located near the fire pits that are free to beachgoers.
The Huntington Beach Pier is located near the fire pits that are free to beachgoers.
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Another shark sighting in Huntington Beach— this time just 75 yards from shore — has prompted officials to issue an advisory for the area until 1 p.m. Friday, unless another shark sighting occurs.

A man spotted a hammerhead shark near Huntington Beach Pier Thursday at 1 p.m.,  Huntington Beach Fire Department marine safety Lieutenant Claude Panis told KPCC. Officials posted warning signs for one mile north of the pier to Goldenwest Street and south of the pier to Beach Boulevard.


Panis said the beach remains open since the shark was not aggressive, but he added that if another shark is spotted, the advisory will continue for another 24 hours.

“We’re always watching the water but we’re watching for more shark sightings and we take reports from citizens on the beach and we respond to them,” said Panis.

Thursday’s shark sighting was the latest in a number of recent sightings that have prompted beach advisories or closures.

A hammerhead shark attacked a kayaker near PCH earlier this month and Huntington Beach waters were closed in July after an aggressive shark bumped a surfer.

A pair of shark sightings in late August at La Jolla Shores and Morro Strand Beach—where a shark took a 14-inch bite out of a surfboard—also prompted closures and concerns.

“This year we’ve definitely noticed an increase in the sightings of juvenile great white sharks, especially concentrated up in Sunset Beach and Seal Beach north of us,” said Panis. “But we’ve also had some sightings on our main beach. Yesterday the sighting wasn’t a great white it was actually a hammerhead, but because of the warm water we’re seeing different species of sharks going on.”

Panis recommends the following safety tips for beachgoers: