As of 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (11/5), the Sunset Beach shoreline & ocean in Huntington Beach was closed due to shark activity.
At approximately 3:45 p.m., lifeguards were made aware of a beached juvenile whale near Tower 22 in Sunset Beach. While the whale was still alive, bite marks were seen on the mammal. In speaking with those in the area, beachgoers reported seeing splashing & aggressive shark activity prior to the whale washing ashore.
As is the City’s policy when aggressive shark behavior is witnessed, the shoreline & ocean will be closed for 1 mile in each direction of the incident. The closure will remain in place for the next 48 hours.
Notifications have been made to all applicable agencies, including the Pacific Marine Mammal Center & surrounding jurisdictions.
About Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach, California, is a picturesque coastal community nestled along the southern coastline of Orange County. Located in Huntington Beach, Sunset Beach is a hidden gem known for its breathtaking sunsets, pristine beaches, and laid-back surf culture. It is approximately 40 miles south of Los Angeles and 20 miles north of Newport Beach. The neighboring communities of Seal Beach and Long Beach are also nearby, offering additional attractions and amenities for visitors. The iconic Huntington Beach Pier, a popular landmark and focal point of the city, is just a short drive from Sunset Beach.
Sunset Beach, California, offers a wide range of activities and attractions to enjoy. The sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing, while the rolling waves provide ideal conditions for surfing, boogie boarding, and stand-up paddleboarding. Water sports enthusiasts can also embark on kayaking tours, go whale watching, or take a romantic gondola ride through the nearby Huntington Harbour. With its laid-back vibe and stunning natural beauty, Sunset Beach offers many outdoor and recreational activities that will make any visit memorable.