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Shark sighting, wounded seal prompt warning in Santa Barbara

August 16, 2012 |  9:01 am

After a surfer spotted a great white shark and a harbor seal was found with wounds from an apparent shark attack, officials in Santa Barbara are warning swimmers to stay away from the ocean.

Warning signs are up along Santa Barbara beaches after the shark sighting on Tuesday night just off Leadbetter Beach.

The harbor seal was rescued near Carpinteria.

"The animal struggled to get away and it scraped him," said Peter Howorth of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center.

Marine Center experts report six shark sightings this summer off Santa Barbara County beaches.

If there are no other shark sightings or evidence of attacks on marine life, the warning signs will be taken down Friday.

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-- KTLA News

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