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Surfer spots 14-foot shark in Santa Barbara Harbor

A surfer spotted a 14-foot white shark at the entrance of Santa Barbara Harbor on Wednesday afternoon, according to an advisory issued by county authorities.

The shark charged directly in front of the surfer but not at him, as if chasing something, the advisory said. After the surfer made it to shore, he saw the shark surface again.

Warnings about the shark sighting will be posted at Santa Barbara beaches for the next 72 hours.

In July, the beach at La Jolla Shores was closed after a lifeguard and several beachgoers saw a 12- to 15-foot great white shark about 50 yards from shore.

The last fatal shark attack in California occurred in 2010 at Surf Beach, about 50 miles north of Santa Barbara, when a 19-year-old UC Santa Barbara student was killed by an 18- to 20-foot great white.


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