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Grunion runs lure sharks as well as human hunters off Newport Beach

March 25, 2010 | 10:25 pm

Pretty much everyone who grows up along the Southern California coast knows about grunion and their fabled spawning runs.

And that includes, apparently, the young sharks hanging out near shore just waiting for the little silvery fish to get down to business. 

“Around March and April, we seem to have an increase in sightings of small juvenile sharks,” said Ralph Collier, founder of the Shark Research Committee, a nonprofit organization that has been cataloging shark sightings up and down the Pacific Coast since 1963.

“They go where the food is,” he told Brianna Bailey in the Daily Pilot.

Of course, once they're full to bursting on grunion, the sharks in turn becoming prey themselves to fishermen (perhaps the latter are holding a grudge over the grunion lost to the sharks?). Ty Gevas of Newport Landing Sportfishing confirms that shark fishing is good in the ocean waters off Newport Beach in the spring and summer months.

Ah, the circle of life.

-- Jill-Marie Jones

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