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Great white shark spotted near swimmer off SoCal beach

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Helicopter video showed a 7-foot juvenile white shark in the water close to a swimmer near the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards confirmed the sighting on Twitter after it was reported at 10:30 a.m. Lifeguards, however, did not issue an advisory, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“After monitoring the shark for 45 minutes, it was deemed non-aggressive and not a risk to the public,” fire officials said on Twitter.

Video footage taken from KTLA showed the shark alongside a swimmer in the ocean.

Shark sightings, lifeguard officials said, are not unusual.

“It’s very common to see juvenile white sharks off the Southern [California] coast,” they said. “The juvenile sharks we have observed have been very docile.”

The shark sighting comes more than a month after a long-distance ocean swimmer, Steven Robles, was attacked by a great white shark off Manhattan Beach.


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