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Lifeguards clear the waters off San Clemente after spotting 25 sharks — likely great whites — near the shore

Lifeguards clear the waters off San Clemente after spotting 25 sharks — likely great whites — near the shore

Lifeguards in San Clemente ordered swimmers and surfers out of the water Sunday after 25 sharks — some of them 10-footers — were sighted near the shore.

The closure began soon after 10:30 a.m., when a fisherman spotted a shark near the end of the San Clemente Pier, said Nicolas Giugni, one of the coastal city’s marine safety officers.

Before long, he said, two other sharks — likely juvenile great whites — were sighted nearby. By 3 p.m., lifeguards let people back in the water and posted warning signs: “SHARK SIGHTED ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.”

But that didn’t last long.

A sheriff’s helicopter did a flyover at 4 p.m., and the crew observed more than two dozen sharks...

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