Stingray Population and Injuries Surge in Southern California
California’s stingray population has steadily increased over the years, and they’ve become especially abundant in Southern California waters and beaches.
Seal Beach Marine Safety Chief Joe Bailey told ABC7, “We have more than 30,000 of them just right in this area at the San Gabriel River.”
Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), called Southern California the “stingray capital of the world.”
“The stingray population [in Southern California] is probably at an all-time high,” Mr. Lowe told ABC7.
According to Mr. Lowe, multiple factors including climate change, better water quality, and stingrays’ primary predators disappearing have contributed to the stingray population increasing.
“We suspect we’re going to start to see a control of the stingray population and that the population may start to come back down to levels that make more sense if you have predators nearby,” he said. “We think that where those aggregations of juvenile white sharks form, we might expect to see a reduction in stingray injuries to the public.”
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