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Shark sightings near La Jolla Cove on the rise

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LA JOLLA (CBS 8) - Divers who frequently swim in the waters off La Jolla Cove are reporting an increase in the number of sharks in the area.

One veteran diver captured video of a sevengill shark on Friday.

He tells News 8, he has never seen as many sharks as he has in the past few weeks. 

"I have seen more sharks this year than any year in my 45 years of diving here," said Rod Watkins, owner of Scuba San Diego.

His last sighting was Friday, about a quarter of a mile from the La Jolla Cove.

Watkins was guiding a family of four when they spotted not one, but nearly 15 sharks.

"One of them almost hit me in the face with his tail as he was turning to go away from me," he said.

Underwater footage shows just how close Watkins got.

According to him, the most common species he's been seeing over the past few weeks have been sevengill and soup fins.

"They have all the serious equipment to hurt any human being," he says.

But given his 40 plus years of experience, Watkins says he's not scared of sharks. He just sees them as big fish.

"No. Well, we tell them to briefly tie up and use the buddy system and enjoy the view cause you can dive a lot of places and not see sharks like you see them here," Watkins said.

That advice he gave to that family of four on Friday, who surprisingly loved every minute of their diving experience.

"They got out of the water, and all they could say is awesome," he said.

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