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San Clemente shark sightings close popular surf spots



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San Clemente's T-Street empty of surfers due to postings

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 April, 2015 - Two shark sightings, one Thursday night and one Friday morning, prompted a beach closure in San Clemente at T-Street on Friday. The water was off limits to surfers and swimmers until Saturday at noon.

The closure spanned one mile north and south of Trafalgar Lane. Beachgoers could still hang out on the sand, but signs prohibiting entering the water were posted, and lifeguards were on hand to redirect anyone trying to go in.

A shark was first spotted at Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Then on Friday at about 11:30 a.m., a lifeguard on a personal watercraft saw a shark near the San Clemente Municipal Pier. He followed it for nearly 90 minutes.

Officials do not know if it was the same shark, or the species, but estimate the shark to be 6 to 7 feet long.

For the most part, beachgoers were complying with the shut down, said Nick Hagen, a city of San Clemente lifeguard. When he started his shift on Saturday morning, 15 surfers were in the water, but all got out when he announced over the loud speaker that the beach was closed.

He had to replace the shark warning signs that mysteriously disappeared overnight. “People took them as souvenirs, I guess,” he said.


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