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Great white shark numbers up significantly in Monterey Bay

Posted at 5:06 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 20:06:44-05

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — A new study has found a dramatic increase in the number of great white sharks swimming in Monterey Bay, including off Santa Cruz County where a surfer was killed last year.

The Mercury News reports the study published Tuesday found younger great white sharks that once concentrated in warm waters off Southern California have moved north since 2014 as water temperatures have warmed.

Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Duke University and Cal State Long Beach spotted dozens of juvenile white sharks in the ocean between Aptos and Capitola, an area where the animals hadn't been spotted until recently.