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Lifeguards Advise Beachgoers of Great White Sharks

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In light of a recent viral video of a great white shark caught off the Orange County coast and other sightings seen in La Jolla and Pacific Palisades, lifeguards throughout Southern California are cautioning beachgoers at local beaches. But is there really cause for concern?

"While I’m not going to lie and say that a 15′ white shark doesn’t give me a little quiver in my belly, the analytical part of my brain isn’t worried," writes La Jolla area resident and Miriam Goldstein at Deep Sea News. She cites a Scripps Institute of Oceanography researcher who says there are an average of four to six fatal shark attacks worldwide annually.