La Jolla shark spotting forces lifeguards to close beach (VIDEO)

La Jolla shark spotting forces lifeguards to close beach (VIDEO)

According to media reports Saturday, San Diego lifeguards ordered a stretch of beach in La Jolla closed Saturday afternoon after a confirmed sighting of an 8- to 10-foot hammerhead shark.

The closure, which was in effect at 1 p.m., will remain in place for at least 24 hours from La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier, authorities said.

“What we’re going to do is evaluate tomorrow morning,” Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said at a news briefing Saturday afternoon. “If there’s no other shark sighting by then, we’ll probably lift the closure and open it as an advisory for the full 24-hour period.”

A group of kayakers captured their heart-pounding close encounter with a hammerhead shark off the San Diego coast Saturday — a sighting that prompted lifeguards to close down crowded beaches nearby.
Their incredible video shows the 8- to 10-foot shark circling and swimming under the watercraft off La Jolla Shores. Stalking the kayakers, the hammerhead followed them back to the beach as they paddled away, according to San Diego Lifeguards.

According to NBC Sandiego, People swimming near the shark were able to climb onto other kayaks and get safely to shore.

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“Hammerhead shark” by suneko – Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hammerhead_shark.jpg#/media/File:Hammerhead_shark.jpg

Swimmers and others who had come to the popular beach seeking relief from the oppressive heat quickly scrambled out of the water as lifeguards warned of possible danger.

No one was injured but the shark seemed to be acting aggressively toward a group of kayakers, authorities said.

The hammerhead was last seen on the south end of La Jolla Shores near Avenida De Playa.