Phil Friedman Outdoors Breaking News has learned of a great white shark sighted off Huntington Beach, California shortly after 5pm on the whale watch vessel Christopher out of Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach.
Captain Christian Batts just did an exclusive interview live from the Christopher and said the shark was estimated to be 12 feet in length.
The shark was seen in an area that has an abundance of market squid in it and an abundance of predators feeding on that squid. Sportfishing boats have been catching white seabass to over 60 pounds, as well as some nice yellowtail and lots of 6-8 pound barracuda.
In addition, there are copious amounts of sea-lions also in the area. Smaller great whites are know to frequent the Huntington Beach area feeding on rays, sharks, halibut and other inshore species. When great whites reach about 12 feet in length, they turn there attention to pinnipeds and move offshore.
Long time skipper Don Ashley from Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach says he has never seen a great white in our local waters and this is only the second time that Batts has seen one. "This is a day that the people on board are never going to forget," said Batts.
As if the sighting of a great white shark were not enough, the Christopher also saw three gigantic blue whales today too.
PHOTO CREDIT for 2nd and 3rd photo- Aquarium of the Pacific
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