Lifeguards, researchers tracking sharks off of Del Mar
Del Mar Lifeguards are working closely with researchers to track the movements of white sharks off of the City’s shoreline. The collaboration includes tagging sharks with acoustically transmitting darts, retrieving data from underwater receiver buoys, and gathering aerial images from a drone.
In a May 3 report to the City Council, Dr. Chris Lowe of the Shark Lab at Cal State University Long Beach said the lab analyzes white shark populations throughout Southern California.
New data show numbers of white sharks are increasing after the species received protected status in 1994. During the past 10 years, reports of shark sightings have increased fivefold. Meanwhile, some 20 million people enjoy recreating along the Southern California coastal waters, Lowe said.