Great white sharks spotted in California and Massachusetts


A Great White shark jumps out of the water as it hunts Cape fur seals near False Bay, on July 4, 2010.



I think we're going to need a bigger boat. 

Great white sharks are getting in the way of beach vacation plans in California and New England. 

Beach-goers in San Diego spotted a 14-foot Great White shark off the coast on Monday, prompting the immediate closure of the beach, ABC News reported.

Another shark was caught just north of La Jolla Shores off the coast of Marina Del Ray the same day.

Tony Velardez, an assistant manager at Del Rey Landing, told ABC, "It’s been at least a couple of years since I’ve seen anything that big.” The shark was believed to be around 800 pounds. This could not be confirmed as the marina's scale only goes up to 750 pounds. 

The West Coast wasn't the only one experiencing an influx of great white sightings. 

MSNBC reported there were at least two great white sightings in Chatham, Mass., including one shark that reportedly measured up to 16 feet. The sightings prompted city officials to ban swimming. 

George Breen, a spotter pilot with Cape Cod Shark Hunters, told the Boston Globe that he spotted two of the sharks on Tuesday morning swimming a mere 30 feet from shore. 

Breen said that he doesn't believe the great white sightings are really that unusual, adding that last year he spotted the first great white on June 29. “It’s pretty much right on schedule,” Breen said.

Lisa Franz, executive director of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, told the Boston Globe that she does not not believe the sharks will have a negative effect on tourism, adding that they might even bring more people to the shore. “Great whites just bring people out. People are interested, they want to know more about it, and they want to catch a glimpse of it if it’s possible.”

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