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Shark sighting causes La Jolla beach closure

July 2, 2012 |  4:50 pm

La Jolla shores

The beach at La Jolla Shores was immediately closed Monday after a San Diego lifeguard and several beachgoers spotted a 12- to 15-foot great white shark about 50 yards from shore, officials said.

The sighting occurred about 3:15 p.m. Lifeguards began searching for the shark from boats and a helicopter, said lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma.

While La Jolla Shores was closed, advisories were posted at Black's Beach, La Jolla Cove and the beach at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

A decision on how long the closure will last has not been made, Lerma said.

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Photo: La Jolla Shores. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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