25 Sharks Spotted Off Southern California Coast

Those fears over the growing number of sharks perusing Southern California’s beaches just got ratcheted up a notch… or ten.

“Attention in the water: This is the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.… You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks.”

That was the chilling alert a sheriff’s chopper blared at swimmers and paddleboarders on Wednesday as it hovered above the waters off Capistrano Beach in Dana Point and San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente — the site of a shark attack two weeks ago.

Another 10 were soon spotted off the coast of Long Beach, about 50 miles north, putting the total number of SoCal shark sightings at 25 that day.

Seriously, what is going on?

Experts aren’t entirely sure, but it looks like water temperatures have played a major role. The waters here in SoCal are a sweet spot, experts say -- not too hot and not too cold. So more sharks are sticking around for longer periods of time. But there has to be more to this story, doesn’t there?

It’s worth noting that the increase in SoCal shark sightings coincides with a mysterious die-off of tiger sharks in Northern California. For weeks, hundreds of dead leopard sharks have been washing up on beaches from San Mateo to Bolinas. Experts’ best guess is that the deaths are due to toxic runoff. It isn’t clear whether there’s a connection to SoCal’s shark boom.