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Video: Shark swims near paddleboarders in Manhattan Beach

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Young shark swims close to paddle boarders off coast of Manhattan Beach
Shark spotted this week in Manhattan Beach.

New video shows a young great white shark swimming dangerously close to paddleboarders in Manhattan Beach.

Local photographer Bo Bridges filmed the shark Monday morning using a drone, which flew over Manhattan Beach, KTLA reported.

He reportedly spotted the shark about 100 feet off the coast while he and his friends were paddleboarding.

“Once you see it, your knees kind of go weak if you’re on a paddleboard … the fear hits first, and the excitement kind of gets to you too, and then the curiosity as well, so you just start to follow them a little bit,” Bridges told KTLA.

The sighting comes a day after two swimmers spotted an eight- to 10-foot great white shark at Leadbetter beach in Santa Barbara. The shark was reportedly chasing a sea lion.

Authorities deemed the shark sighting credible, so they ordered a full 24-hour closure of the beach, said Officer Ryan Kelly of the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol.

Kelly said it was the first credible sighting this year. Harbor officials received about a half-dozen credible shark sightings last year, he added.

A shark sighting in Manhattan Beach last year prompted authorities to close El Porto Beach. Lifeguards cleared the ocean after a shark was spotted swimming about 15 feet from a surfer.

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