This is definitely the last thing you want to hear when you’re swimming in the ocean . . .
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office warned a group of paddleboarders to get out of the water after discovering they were surrounded by approximately 15 great white sharks.
The video posted online, shows a helicopter crew flying over a school of sharks swimming near a group of people at Dana Point, The Telegraph reports.
“You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks,” Deputy Brian Stockbridge announced over the helicopter loudspeaker to people in the water. “They are advising you exit the water in a calm manner. The sharks are as close as the surf line.”
CBS New Correspondent Carter Evans took a ride with Orange County Sheriff’s Office in the helicopter to get a look for himself, and within minutes of their ride, they spotted three big great whites.
Evans asked the crew, “What was the response of the people in the water?”
“Well unlike normal, they pretty much complied immediately,” Stockbridge said.
According to CBS News, Chris Lowe, a marine biologist, said: “Shark populations are increasing. The reason why I think we’re seeing more sharks is because we’ve protected them. They’ve been protected in the U.S. waters since 2005. The other thing is, there’s lots of food. So along our beaches, the stingray populations have been kind of exploding over the last 50 years.”