Shark Search tours in Dana Point Harbor are packed, great whites don’t disappoint

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DANA POINT   Shark tours continue to pack in passengers excited to catch a glimpse of great whites off Capistrano Beach.

Five tours offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching were sold out over the weekend of May 20-21. On all but the early morning Sunday tour, passengers caught more than a glimpse of the mighty apex predators.

“They’re still out there,” said Capt. Todd Mansur, who leads the tours and spotted eight great whites on the inaugural tour on May 13. “We only saw three on the first trip Saturday, but on the second trip we saw five.”

  • A great white spotted during a Shark Search tour offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching on Saturday, May 20. (Courtesy of Robin Lowe)
  • A great white spotted during a Shark Search tour offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching on Saturday, May 20. (Courtesy of Robin Lowe)
  • A great white spotted during a Shark Search tour offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching on Saturday, May 20. (Courtesy of Robin Lowe)
  • A great white spotted during a Shark Search tour offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching on Saturday, May 20. (Courtesy of Robin Lowe)
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  • A great white spotted during a Shark Search tour offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching on Saturday, May 20. (Courtesy of Robin Lowe)
  • A great white spotted during a Shark Search tour offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching on Saturday, May 20. (Courtesy of Robin Lowe)

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A great white spotted during a Shark Search tour offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching on Saturday, May 20. (Courtesy of Robin Lowe)

On Sunday, the early morning trip was fogged in, but five great whites were spotted on the trip later in the day.

Mansur said the sharks are changing their location and going a bit farther south following the smaller bait fish closer to the San Clemente pier. The week before, they were spotted about 120 yards off the sand from Beach Road to Poche Beach in about 12 feet of water.

The sharks are all juvenile and sub-adults, with the oldest at about 4 years, Mansur said.

Likely, they will continue to stay in the area until mid-summer when water temperatures go above 71 degrees, Mansur said. At that point, they will start moving north.

“When winter sets in, they’ll move back here and the juveniles and sub-adults will stay closer to the beach where the smaller fish are,” he said.

Shark Search tours will continue each weekend until there are no more sighted.

To make a reservation: 949-496-5794 or danawharf.com Cost: $45 adults, $29 children.

Want to learn more about sharks?

Dr. Chris Lowe, a shark expert from Cal State Long Beach, will speak at 7 p.m.  Thursday, May 25  during a meeting of the American Cetacean Society-Orange County at Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest, 600 E. Bay Dr. in Newport Beach. The lecture is free and open to the public.