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Shark sighting closes stretch of beach in La Jolla

August 31, 2011 |  3:26 pm

Mission Beach was closed a couple days last week after a shark sighting
A 2-mile stretch of beach in La Jolla has been closed after surfers and boogie boarders reported seeing the dorsal fin of a shark, San Diego lifeguards said Wednesday.

The closed area is roughly a mile south of the Children's Pool and a mile north, said lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma. The water will remain off-limits for at least 24 hours under lifeguard policy.

Last week, a 2-mile stretch of Mission Beach was closed for two days after two shark sightings. Lerma said it is unclear whether the La Jolla shark is the same as either of the Mission Beach sharks.

La Jolla is a more common spot for shark sightings than Mission Beach, possibly because the seals that lounge on the Children's Pool beach are a food source.

The La Jolla site is popular with spear-fishers, divers and surfers.

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Photo: Lifeguard Amber Prestagard passes a sign alerting beachgoers to a shark sighting Friday at Mission Beach in San Diego. Credit: Gregory Bull / Associated Press

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