Great white shark sighting prompts beach advisory along Silver Strand

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SAN DIEGO – A reported sighting of a great white shark just outside the surf line at Silver Strand State Beach Thursday prompted a warning for beachgoers visiting the popular stretch of ocean shoreline.

Two surfers approached lifeguards at the Coronado-area beach about 8:15 a.m. and reported seeing the sea predator, which they estimated was about eight feet long, said John Anderson, a supervisor for the state Department of Parks and Recreation.

Lifeguards posted advisory signs along a roughly mile-long stretch of the beach, which remains open to the public. The warning will remain in effect for 24 hours, barring any further shark sightings, Anderson said.

The advisory was lifted Friday before noon.