Captain Chris Batts is reporting a great white shark sighting approximately 1 mile off Point Fermin in Southern California. “We just left it at around 11:20am,” said Batts from the Long Beach based whale watch vessel Christopher out of Harbor Breeze Cruises.
Curiously, the estimated 10-12 foot apex predator was swimming along several whales blue and fin whales. “He was just swimming along, calmly and very near the whales,” said Batts. “It was quite a sight for our passengers.”
On several occasions, the white shark tried to edge closer to a baby fin whale. "He (the shark) wasn't exactly after the baby fin whale but he did get pretty close," said Batts. "The adult fin whales kept putting themselves between the shark and the baby."
On June 26th, Batts spotted another or possibly the same great white shark off Huntington Beach. 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 had been catching white seabass to over 60 pounds, as well as some nice yellowtail and lots of 6-8 pound barracuda.
In addition, there was copious amounts of sea-lions also in the area. Smaller great whites are known 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 their attention to pinnipeds and move offshore.
Batts is headed back out this afternoon on board the Triumphant this afternoon to see if he can locate the whales and the great white again.
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