Two Young Great White Sharks Set Free

Captured sharks let go at Manhattan Beach Pier

By Michael L. Kaufman
|  Thursday, Nov 1, 2012  |  Updated 11:01 AM PDT
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Two Young Great White Sharks Set Free

Roundhouse Aquarium

File photo of a great white shark provided courtesy Roundhouse Aquarium.

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Two great white sharks swam their way back to freedom Tuesday after being captured off the pier in Manhattan Beach.

The sharks, not yet fully grown, are part of a growing trend of shark sightings in Southern California. About 350 great white sharks are believed to be swimming in the waters off the California coast.

Experts link this trend to an abundance of squid that might be attracting the sharks.

The sharks were set free by the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab. Great white sharks are a federally protected species.

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