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White shark sighted off Santa Barbara

August 28, 2012 |  1:01 pm

PHOTOS: Freediving with sharks

Santa Barbara officials have posted warning signs on the city's beaches following the sighting of a 15-foot white shark by a commercial fisherman approaching the harbor.

If no there are no further sightings or evidence of attacks on marine mammals, the signs will come down Thursday afternoon, said harbor operations manager Mick Kronman.

The standard procedure after such a sighting is to warn beachgoers for 72 hours, Kronman said. The fishing boat encountered the shark Monday afternoon.

PHOTOS: Freediving with sharks

Santa Barbara's 14 beaches are open, Kronman said. The notices, which also were posted on five lifeguard towers, urge swimmers and surfers to exercise caution. 

Kronman said there have been "four or five" shark warnings issued in Santa Barbara this summer, a number he said was unusually high.

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Photo: A great white shark swims in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Credit: Richard Green / Salinas Californian
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