Divers Report Seeing Small Great White Off La Jolla

By Michelle Wayland
|  Thursday, Feb 10, 2011  |  Updated 7:12 PM PDT
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Divers Report Seeing Great White Off La-Jolla Cove

Divers say a small Great White Shark circled around them off La Jolla Cove on Thursday afternoon, according to lifeguards.

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Divers say a small Great White Shark circled around them off La Jolla Cove on Thursday afternoon, according to lifeguards.

The shark was spotted about 1.30 p.m. about 500 meters offshore by two experienced female scuba divers. It was estimated to be about five feet long, lifeguards said.

Lifeguards issued a precautionary advisory to swimmers, surfers and divers but they're not telling people to stay out of the water. Due to the distance from land and the size of the shark, they don't consider the predator an imminent public threat but are keeping an eye on the situation.

"Five foot sharks don't eat people, they eat fish," said San Diego Fire and Rescue spokesperson Maurice Luque.

San Diego Lifeguards were patrolling the waters near La Jolla Shores in August 2010, warning swimmers and surfers about a Great White Shark that was spotted offshore.

Lifeguards at La Jolla Shores said they saw a large dorsal fin coming straight to shore, just off the surf line at La Jolla Shores.

The week before a swimmer spotted another Great White at San Onofre State Beach.
 

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