Hammerhead shark sighting prompts Newport to close beaches near the pier

The discovery of an 8-foot hammerhead shark off the Newport Coastline pier late Monday early morning led lifeguards to close the coastline.

Lifeguards looked out to the shark around 11 a.m. near the end of the pier, baseding on Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department.

A group of individuals on the pier detected the fish as well as right away informed authorities. No one was hurt by the shark and also it was not being aggressive, Manzella claimed in a statement.

Tracy Newsom, of Elk Grove, got on the pier that early morning with her daughter when she heard fishermen yelling. After that she saw the shark.

“They were yelling to a surfer that existed to get from the water,” she claimed. Newsom stated the web surfer was not at risk yet close of where the shark was treading water for around 20 minutes.

“It was walking around for a long time swimming back and also forth,” she stated.

Newsom said an angler captured the shark briefly on a line but it took the lure and swam off.

Lifeguards soon regarded the coastlines off limitations.

The beach was closed for one mile in each direction from the discovery– from 10th Street to 44th Street. Signs have been published to alert the general public of the closure.

In early September, a Garden Grove male and also his daughter linkeded a 10-foot-long hammerhead while angling for yellowtail off Huntington Beach, though the hammerhead at some point ran away the line.

Shark experts stated last month that there had actually been 30 reports of hammerheads this summertime.

The sharks usually do not reside in neighborhood waters, but the cozy water of the past two years– because of a system referred to as “the Blob” by climate scientists– has brought lots of tropical types to the location, they said.

Hammerhead sharks are usually 6 feet to 8 feet, but could obtain up to 15 feet. They live as well as swim close to coast as well as could be found in depths of less compared to 200 feet. What have been appearing in local waters are the “smooth hammerhead,” which do not have imprints on the nose.

They are seldom threatening toward people, and also won’t even come close to unless there’s a battling fish nearby.

“In my (opinion), (the sharks) are provoked because they are captured,” shark expert Chris Lowe told the Register last month. Lowe has run Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach given that 1998.

“If you have your arm or legs dangling in the water, the shark will try to flee as well as surge around, and (it) will bite at anything that will stop it from fleing.”

Newsom, who was visiting the pier Monday on her method home from a UC Irvine check out with her future-Anteater child claimed she ‘d never seen a shark face to face.

“It was really rather. really,” she stated. “Though I’m unsure exactly how very it would be if I was swimming right close to it.”

Lifeguards expected the beach reopening Tuesday early morning.

Staff writer Laylan Connelly and professional photographer Sam Gangwer added to this record.

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