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Shark sightings and encounters close San Clemente beaches

Great white shark at San Clemente Pier: Image via Instagram



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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 May, 2017 - An Orange County Sheriff’s helicopter spotted two sharks on Monday estimated to be in length between 10 and 12 feet, this in addition to 25 sharks spotted near the coast over the weekend.

One of the fish was hooked by a fisherman at San Clemente pier while someone captured the incident on their cell phone. The video was posted to social media and soon went viral.

A San Clemente marine safety officer said Monday’s count of two sharks included the shark at the pier.

"One at the end of the pier that an actual fisherman caught, and the second one was not caught but seen from the pier as well," Rod Mellott, San Clemente's marine safety lieutenant told KPCC.

As a result the beach surrounding the pier was closed for four hours. Then when the beach reopened with a “shark warning” which meant swimmers entered at their own risk.

Two weeks ago a woman was attacked by a shark at the surf spot known as Church, just a few hundred metres away from Lower Trestles.

Earlier this month near Doheny in Dana Point a sheriff’s department helicopter spotted 15 great whites and issued a warning over the loudspeaker for a lone paddle boarder to get out of the area as fast as he could. In Long Beach 10 whites were spotted near shore.

Most accounts describe the sharks as juvenile white sharks who thrive in the mild ocean temperatures found in late spring and early fall.

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