In order to collect the recorded information, lifeguards remove the receivers from the water to download the data. Once the information is downloaded, the receivers are replaced in the water. The receivers are collected weekly (normally on Monday) during the summer months and will be collected more frequently if a known event occurs in our ocean waters. During non-peak months, the receivers will be regularly collected bi-monthly or monthly.
Following is a log of recorded detection from the acoustic receivers and/or confirmed sightings in Newport Beach's ocean waters. This information is updated as detections are documented from the acoustic receivers in our ocean waters or as confirmed sightings occur. You can view previous recordings by clicking on the "archived news" link below.
An estimated six-foot shark was seen swimming near 56th Street at approximately 3:10 p.m. and again at 36th Street at 3:45 p.m. The shark was approximately 100-yards off shore. The shark was not acting aggressively, but as a precaution, Newport Beach lifeguards closed ocean access between the Newport Pier and Tower 65 (near Prospect Street).
An estimated eight-foot shark was seen swimming near 36th Street approximately 200-yards off shore. It was not acting aggressively, but lifeguards closed ocean access between the Newport Pier and 56th Street.
Sunday, October 2, 2016 The acoustic receiver at Newport Pier twice detected a shovelnose guitarfish at 11 p.m. Sunday, October 16, 2016 The acoustic receiver at Newport Pier twice detected a different shovelnose guitarfish at 8 p.m. These fish were originally tagged at Scripps in La Jolla
Multiple reports of a shark swimming near the end of the Balboa Pier were received and confirmed. Newport Beach lifeguards posted an advisory on July 7 and it was lifted on July 8.
The acoustic receiver at Corona del Mar detected a shovelnose guitarfish at 8 a.m. The fish was original tagged at Scripps in La Jolla.
The acoustic receiver at the Newport Pier detected a shovelnose guitarfish at 8 p.m. The fish was original tagged at Scripps in La Jolla.
Multiple detections of a shovelnose guitarfish.
The acoustic receiver off the Balboa Pier detected a tagged shovelnose guitarfish (one of the two fish detected on August 9 and August 14).
Multiple pings on the acoustic receivers were logged from the same animal in Corona del Mar between 6:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and the Newport Pier area at 3:45 p.m. CSULB confirms the tagged animal is a shovelnose guitarfish tagged by Scripps in La Jolla (a different fish from the August 9 recording).
Multiple pings on the acoustic receivers were logged from the same animal in Corona del Mar and the Newport Pier area. CSULB confirms the tagged animal is a shovelnose guitarfish tagged by Scripps in La Jolla.
Newport Beach lifeguard's acoustic receiver logs a tagged animal near the Balboa Pier. CSULB confirmed the tagged animal was a bat ray originally tagged by Scripps in La Jolla.
A report from a fishing vessel are received about a large shark approximately one-half mile offshore of Corona del Mar. The sighting is confirmed by a State lifeguard rescue vessel and was estimated at 10 feet.
The Huntington Beach police helicopter views a small shark swimming approximately 100-feet offshore. Two Newport Beach lifeguard rescue boats follow the shark to the Newport Pier where it turns out to sea. Lifeguards posted an advisory on July 21 and it was lifted on July 22, 2016.
Newport Beach lifeguard's acoustic receiver logs a tagged animal. CSULB confirmed that the tagged animal was an estimated 15-feet female white shark that was originally tagged last year off the Tomales Bay in Northern California. The transponder on this shark sends its signal up to one kilometer.