Marine Animal Monitoring Log
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.
November 4, 2018 Balboa Pier
May 24, 2018 Newport Pier
April 15, 2018 Newport Pier
April 12, 2018 Newport Pier
March 8 and 29, 2018 Newport Pier
Two Sharks Detected
January 14 and 24, 2018 Newport Pier
September 13, 2017 Balboa Pier
August 31, 2017 Balboa Pier
July 12, 2017 | Balboa and Neport Piers
June 11, 2017 at 08:45 a.m
Shark sighted 1.25 miles of the Santa Ana River mouth.
April 19, 2017 | Corona del Mar
Corona del Mar acoustic receiver detected a soupfin shark.
April 12, 2017 | Balboa Pier
Balboa Pier acoustic receiver detected a white shark.
March 27, 2017 | Balboa Pier
Balboa Pier acoustic receivers detected a white shark.
Monday, March 13, 2017 | 36th Street & 56th Street
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).
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 36th 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
Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 1 p.m. | Balboa Pier
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.
Wednesday, August 31
Multiple detections of a shovelnose guitarfish.
Sunday, September 18 at 8 p.m. | Newport Pier
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.
Friday, September 23 at 8 a.m. | Corona del Mar
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.