Two great white sharks caught off California beach pier released
Manhattan Beach, CA, United States (4E) – Two juvenile great white sharks that have been caught off the Manhattan Beach Pier in California on Tuesday, were immediately set free because they are listed as protected species.
According to Eric Martin, director of the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium, the sharks could have been attracted by the bountiful squid around the area.
A month ago, a great white shark described to be around 8 to 9 feet was hooked by an angler fishing for bat rays off the Manhattan Beach Pier. Martin was called to help cut the shark loose.
It was reported that the shark swam right under a swimmer without any incident.
Experts revealed that after they have been declared federally protected, sightings of the great white shark have increased in Southern California.
A recent estimate stated there are less than 350 adult great whites off the West Coast, partly because of them dying after being caught in fishermen’s nets.