‘Credible report’ of shark bumping surfer prompts closure of O.C. beaches
A stretch of coast in Huntington Beach was closed Sunday after officials received a “credible report” that a surfer was bumped by a shark.
Huntington Beach Fire Department Lt. Claude Panis told the Orange County Register that the surfer was in the water Sunday morning near Tower 16 -- on the southern end of Bolsa Chica State Beach -- when the shark approached.
Last summer, Huntington Beach fire officials closed water access for the first time after a 7-foot great white shark showed “aggressive behavior” and bumped a surfer, Panis told The Times. The beach, however, stayed open.
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