15 great white sharks force evacuation of California beach

What would you do if you were in the ocean and a helicopter flew overhead to warn you of 15 great white sharks swimming near you? "We share that space with the sharks and always have to remember that", Nosal told Live Science.

A mother of three was attacked while wading at San Onofre Beach less than two weeks ago.

While the water isn't now closed, signs are posted with a shark advisory, and the earliest it will be lifted is Saturday morning.

Fire Department Marine Safety Captain Cameron Abel said there's little cause to worry.

"Oceanographers are saying we might fall into another El Niño summer and that would be unusual, but this could all be related to climate change", he said.

They haven't shown any aggressive behavior. Authorities warned swimmers to get out of the water.

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"Sharks live in the ocean - anytime you venture out in the ocean, you have to know other creatures live in the ocean", he said. "The sharks wouldn't be here if the marine life wasn't here to support them". This comes just one day after a group of sharks forced deputies to clear the water. They're advising you to exit the water in a calm manner.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that on April 29, Leeanne Ericson was attacked by a shark while swimming off San Onofre beach.

On Thursday morning, Long Beach lifeguards confirmed there had been sightings, and that a shark advisory was in effect.

OC Lifeguards Chief Jason Young told the Orange County Register that there have been no reports of beachgoers coming into direct contact with a shark.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department captured images of the sharks right on the surf line enjoying the waves alongside paddle boarders.

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