Great white shark is spotted off Imperial Beach in rare sighting
Shark-warning signs have been posted at Imperial Beach south of San Diego after an early morning surfer spotted a great white shark Tuesday.
Robert Stabenow, an Imperial Beach lifeguard captain, said the signs will remain until at least Friday. If there is a second shark sighting, the beach will be closed, he said.
Sharks are rare off Imperial Beach.
"In 30 years as a lifeguard, I've never known a lifeguard to actually spot a shark here," Stabenow said.
It is more frequent that swimmers or surfers mistake a dolphin fin for a shark, he said. But the surfer on Tuesday took a picture of the animal, which shark specialists later verified as a great white shark.
Last summer, beaches at Mission Beach and La Jolla were closed after shark sightings.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego