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Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab Featured in Tonight’s “Sharks and the City: L.A.” on Discovery Channel

For Shark Week, Professor Chris Lowe Traveled the Southern California Coast to Understand Why White Shark Sightings Have Increased


LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 25, 2017) – Chris Lowe, marine biology professor at Cal State Long Beach, is determined to find out why there has been an increase of shark sightings.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 25, 2017) – If you have seen a white shark while at a Southern California beach over the past few summers, then you are not alone. Sightings of the formidable creatures along the coast have increased and Chris Lowe, marine biology professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and director of its Shark Lab, is determined to find out why.

Lowe partnered with the producers of Discovery Channel’s “Sharks and the City: L.A.” to travel from Long Beach to the Channel Islands and then south to Guadalupe Island off Mexico to understand where the white sharks are originating and why they are gathering off Southern California beaches.

“Our goal at the Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab is to study shark behavior so we can share the information with the public. That way, we can enjoy the ocean safely, and the sharks continue to thrive as well,” said Lowe. “Discovery funded our expedition to find and tag adult white sharks around the Channel Islands and provided us the opportunity to collaborate with topnotch scientists to learn more.”

Lowe partnered with famed wildlife photographer and CSULB alumnus Andrew Casagrande (psychology, ’00) and Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, director general of Pelagios Kakunjá, a marine conservation organization in Baja California, to piece together the story of the white sharks’ migration. Connor White, Jill Sawyna and Ryan Logan, all recent CSULB Marine Biology master’s graduates and veteran Shark Lab students, accompanied the team as support.

“It was a dream come true to go to Guadalupe and study juvenile and adult white sharks alongside top experts in the field,” said Logan. “I returned with a better understanding of how the adults behave compared to the juveniles we see here in southern California.”

Last Friday, CSULB hosted “Shark Week @ The Beach.” The event was free and open to the public, which toured the Shark and Marine labs, watched an exclusive premiere of “Sharks and the City: L.A.” and enjoyed a Q&A moderated by ABC 7 “Eyewitness News” correspondent Leanne Suter. Claude F. Panis, marine safety lieutenant with the Huntington Beach Fire Department, joined Lowe and Logan on the panel to answer questions about staying safe among white sharks.

While Lowe has appeared in several Shark Week programs before, this is the first time an episode has focused exclusively on his hypothesis and research. “Sharks and the City: L.A.” airs on Discovery Channel tonight at 9 p.m. (EDT)/(PDT).


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