Shark watching tours: Monterey Bay whale watching boats now offering new experience

MONTEREY, Calif. (KABC) -- Whale watching boats in Monterey Bay, California, are offering tourists a new experience - shark watching.

There's been a steady increase of sharks flocking to the bay since 2015, though experts are not sure why.

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Tour companies are profiting from the close encounters.

Some boats report seeing 10 or more sharks in a single trip.

Shark watching can be more interactive because sharks will come up close to boats, unlike most whales.

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