No, they're not man-eaters. But, yes, you can still say you saw a shark.
And this time of year, that food is grunion.
The committee reported 145 human-shark encounters last year in the Pacific Coast region. Four sightings were reported last year in Newport Beach.
A lifeguard who has patrolled Newport Beach for the last 20 years summed it up for the Pilot: "They stay away from us and we stay away from them."