With the recent shark attacks along the coast of Orange County, lifeguards have no choice but to implement a high alert plan of action in case of an emergency. Over the past two years there have been two attacks by great white sharks recorded in the area. Most of the time attacks are rare, so high alert procedures such as lifeguard boats with gunwales were never necessary.
Unfortunately, these recent attacks are the first attacks EVER in the area. So it appears that Orange County and some of the San Clemente region will be accustomed to the migration patterns of the great white shark. Lifeguards, marine safety officers, and the local Sheriff’s Department have all confirmed that there are just simply more sharks in the area.
After much research on the recent development, San Clemente’s marine safety officer Blake Anderson explains that drone footage confirms shark’s size, behavior and whether there’s been an attack, to help them decide whether to close a beach and for how long. “The 8-foot mark kind of distinguishes between eating smaller sea life into eating more marine mammals such as sea lions and possibly mistaking a person as a sea lion.”
Chief Humphrey’s of Marine Safety adds “if it’s a 10-foot shark that’s acting aggressively, it’s going to be a closure, [and] if it’s a 6-foot shark that bites somebody, it’s going to be a closure.”
So the officers and lifeguards have not only noticed the situation at hand, but are hoping that if they are overly cautious, they have come up with safety policy’s to keep the public safe!