Several people spotted Wednesday afternoon what "appears to be" a great white shark near the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, a San Diego lifeguard spokesman said.
Two boogie boarders reported seeing a shark dorsal fin about 12 inches long protude from the water at Casa Reef, located just south of the Children's Pool, and reported it to lifeguards at approximately 2 p.m., lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma said.
"Lifeguards ended up talking to three surfers in the area who saw the same thing," Lerma said. "We deemed it was a credible report."
A two-mile stretch from Hospital Point to Emerald Cove, including La Jolla Cove, was closed.
The stairs leading down to the Children's Pool, which has become a habitat for seals, on 850 Coast Boulevard were blockaded.
This is the third shark sighting in the past week in San Diego. Lifeguards closed Mission Beach Aug. 25 and 26 after shark sightings about 100 yards off shore.
On Aug. 26 at noon, a lifeguard spotted a 10-foot shark about 100 yards off shore, near tower 15 in Mission Beach. Experts believe the shark spotted on the 26th could very well be the same one seen the day prior.