Shark encounters and sightings along California’s coast are at their highest level in decades, scientists say, warning that warmer waters mean beachgoers will have to be on the lookout for the predators all summer. The latest near-deadly encounter came in late May when a 52-year-old woman was mauled by a shark near Los Angeles,

prompting beach closures for several days. Chris Lowe, director of California State University’s Long Beach Shark Lab, said there have been more sightings of great white sharks this year than in the previous 30, and that even hammerheads have been spotted along the coast. FULL REPORT