Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and State Beach are known for their sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Migrating whales can sometimes be seen in the distance.
But these days, great white sharks are the number one attraction for hikers at the reserve near San Diego. Dozens of juvenile great white sharks spent the summer and early fall just north of Torrey Pines and Dell’s Marr.
Sharks feed on stingrays and other bottom fish and, until recently, kept a low profile.
anglers began hooking them On October 30th, an 8-foot great white shark was found dead on the shores of Torrey Pines. Sharks died as a result of fishing activities. (Great white sharks are protected and fishing is illegal.)
On November 4th, a distance swimmer was hospitalized after being bitten by a shark off Del Mar.Lin Jutronic said NBC San Diego A brief shiver before the shark releases its grip. Jutronic was hospitalized and treated for a stab wound to his right thigh.
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The type of shark has not been confirmed, but it is presumed to be a juvenile great white shark.
On November 6th, the Torrey Pines Reserve facebook image Illustration of a great white shark in the waves. This image was captured with a mobile phone from the cliffs of Yucca Point.
A view from the Guy Fleming Trail in Torrey Pines.Photo: © Pete Thomas
A Facebook post promoted the presence of sharks and listed places where sharks might be seen: Yucca Point, Razor Point and Guy Fleming’s Lookout.
(Personal note: I saw at least 4 great white sharks from the Guy Fleming North Grove Trail two weeks ago. On an ongoing excursion, some kids also saw sharks.)
“For best results, plan your trip at high tide before 11 a.m.,” advised Torrey Pines Reserve. “Sunglasses and binoculars with polarized lenses can also help.”
Indeed, Torrey Pines’ temporary great white shark meeting point is substantial.
Directed by Chris Lowe shark lab A California State University Long Beach professor told FTW Outdoors that several great white sharks that have been tagged off the coast of Southern California in recent years are in the area.
“Of the 62 tagged great white juveniles in Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Torrey Pines over the past three years, we detected 31 tagged great white sharks[last month],” says Lowe. “In recent months at Torrey Pines he has seen up to 12 sharks in one drone video frame.
“This is currently the largest aggregation since the Santa Barbara aggregation collapsed.”
It’s not clear how long the sharks will stay in the area.
– Top image courtesy of Torrey Pines State Preserve and State Beach
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