Finally: SoCal Sharks Are Heading for Mexico

Southern California is finally getting a break from The Great Shark Panic of 2017.

For the first time in years, juvenile great whites [sic] sharks are resuming what has long been considered their normal migration pattern, traveling away from cool winter water that’s typical off the local coast in favor of something warmer, shark expert Chris Lowe said this week.

“When the temperatures drop, they start their southern migration,” said Lowe, who runs the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach.

That hasn’t been true in recent years, as El Niño conditions have boosted water temperatures off Southern California.

That should come as welcome news to swimmers and surfers, who saw multiple attacks or scares in SoCal waters this year. For a while, beach closures as a result of shark activity seemed almost commonplace. 

The situation had gotten so out of hand that a team of Long Beach researchers began tagging great whites off San Clemente and Dana Point, studying their habits in an effort to find out why they were coming so close to shore in such vast numbers.