Wherever the pupping takes place, it’s apparent that near-shore waters off Southern California serve as nursing grounds for young sharks for the first months, or as many as a few years, of their lives.
Those warmer ocean temperatures encouraged juvenile whites to linger longer into the winter last year and to return earlier in the spring, Lowe has theorized. “Ocean temperatures are rising, causing them to live in places they’ve never lived before,” he told the L. A.
Juvenile white sharks are picky about water temperature, a proclivity that may dictate the migration patterns between Southern California and Baja.
This year, it seems they’re more interested in practicing airs at Trestles and the southern Orange County region (though surfers as far south as Seaside Reef in Cardiff have reported sharing the lineup with multiple whites).
In a typical year, the sharks hang around Southern California from late spring to mid-fall.
Starting with the 2014-15 El Nino event, water temperatures in the Eastern Pacific warmed, as you’ll remember, spurring all manner of wacky, warm-weather patterns like the arrival of hammerhead sharks.
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