According to the Orange County Register, San Clemente beaches were re-opened Monday morning after being closed Sunday afternoon when more than two dozen sharks were sighted from the air shortly before 4 p.m. -- at least one reportedly measuring up to 10 feet in length.
However, shortly after being reopened, beaches were soon closed once again after a 12-foot great white was hooked off of the San Clemente pier, as reported by the Register. Closure is expected to run for four hours unless more shark activity is reported.
“I haven’t confirmed if they were fishing for sharks, but they did get it close to the pier. That leads me to believe they were fishing for sharks. They couldn’t do that with normal fishing gear,” Marine Safety Chief Bill Humphreys told the Register.
The Register reports that multiple sources spotted two large sharks -- a 12-footer and a 10-footer -- from the San Clemente pier at about 8:15 a.m. on Monday.
The beach closures on Sunday began at around 10:30 a.m. with a four-hour closure of city beaches after an 8 to 9-foot shark was seen at the end of the San Clemente pier.
A couple of hours later, another 6 to 7-foot shark was spotted in the same area. The closure was downgraded to a warning, according to the Register, given that the shark was under eight feet in length.
The closure was then reinstated Sunday afternoon when more than two dozen sharks were spotted between Cotton’s Point and Capistrano Beach from the sky by officials, with a dozen of them grouped very close together just off of North Beach.
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