A local drone enthusiast caught a surfer waving to his drone this week as a shark swam right under her board.
Paul Hibberd told NBC 7 that he captured the video on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. He said he went back out on Thursday and caught spotted nearly half a dozen sharks, which he thinks may have been great whites.
on Friday, NBC 7 asked Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher Daniel Cartamil to take a look at the video.
“That certainly does appear to be a white shark,” Cartamil said. “It is never that straightforward to estimate size from photos like these, but this appears to be a mid-sized juvenile, which are often found in southern California coastal waters.”
Cartamil’s collegue Andrew Nosal concurred.
“Yes, I agree, this looks like a juvenile white shark,” Nosal said, adding, “I think it’s a little unusual to have many juvenile white sharks close to shore in SoCal in winter (six in one area would be exciting, but not unusual in summer).”