El Niño warm waters brings shark closer fishing pier

A fisherman made a rare catch off the coast of Southern California on Monday.

The fisherman was fishing of the San Clemente Pier when he hooked a Great White shark. The fisherman tried repeatedly to free the 6-foot baby shark, but no luck.

The shark was eventually able to break free and swim away.

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Experts say warmer winter waters, caused by El Niño, most likely drew the shark closer to the beach.

According to WFLA Storm Team 8 Meteorologists, the world is in the midst of another El Niño pattern. They take place roughly every 18 to 20 years where warm water in the Pacific Ocean piles up, and its effects change weather patterns across the globe.

Tampa Bay felt those changes in December with record-breaking heat. On Christmas Day it was 86 degrees, the warmest on record. Now, the National Weather Service is predicting another active El Niño year, even more powerful and stronger this time around.

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