California State Parks lifeguards posted warning signs on the beach around Tamarack in Carlsbad Saturday out of an abundance of caution due to the sighting of a white shark estimated to be around 15 feet long. The shark warning is expected to last 48 hours, until Monday midday.
The beach at Tamarack is part of the California State Parks system and patrolled by state lifeguards. Under a shark warning, the public is advised to say out of the water.
The City of Carlsbad Police Department is assisting with drone patrols of the water. The San Diego Sheriff’s Office helicopter is also patrolling the area.
According to the United States Lifesaving Association Guideline: Shark Bite Prevention and Response, the danger of injury or death from a shark bite is far less than from drowning, near-drowning or other beach related injuries. The USLA recommends following the following guidelines to protect against shark attacks.