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18-foot shark spotted in waters near Cambria; caution advised

September 6, 2011 |  9:03 am

Shark sightings in La Jolla close beach
An 18-foot gray shark was spotted in the waters near Cambria over the weekend, prompting officials to urge beachgoers to be on the lookout.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection told the Tribune of San Luis Obispo that the "credible sighting" occurred Sunday around 3 p.m. about 50 yards off Leffingwell Landing. 

Officials planned to post shark advisories along beaches from Cambria north to the San Simeon area. Cambria is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Three sharks were sighted in recent weeks in San Diego County, prompting authorities to close beaches as dozens of people lined the bluffs with cameras and binoculars hoping for a glimpse.


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Photo: A sign last month alerting beachgoers to a shark sighting at Mission Beach in San Diego. Credit: Gregory Bull / Associated Press