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Pismo Beach warns of shark sighting; beachgoers seem undeterred

Warnings of a shark sighting apparently have not scared off beachgoers in Pismo Beach, authorities said Friday.

Swimmers and surfers are being warned to be cautious in the ocean waters off the Central California tourist town after a surfer Thursday reported spotting a 12-foot-long shark about 150 yards offshore just south of the popular Pismo Beach pier.

As a result, officials posted warning signs in the beach area “to swim at their own risk and use good judgment if they do so,” said Pismo Beach fire battalion chief Paul Lee. The warning will last until Sunday morning unless another shark sighting is reported, he said.  No one has been attacked by the shark.

The beach crowds have remained about normal since the shark sighting.

“We’ve not seen any decline,” Lee said.

In August 2003, a great white shark killed a 50-year-old woman who was swimming off Avila Beach, which is about six miles north of Pismo Beach in San Luis Obispo County.

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