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Swimming Limited After Stinson Beach Shark Sighting

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Shark closure sign at Stinson Beach. (KCBS)

Shark closure sign at Stinson Beach. (KCBS)

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STINSON BEACH (CBS 5) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew has reported spotting a Great White Shark just a few hundred yards off the coast of Stinson Beach in Marin County.

The shark was spotted between 200 and 300 yards off of the popular North Bay beach Sunday afternoon.

Lifeguards will prevent beachgoers from swimming in deep waters for the next four days as a precaution. Wading into shallow water will still be allowed.

Officials said the shark spotted Sunday appeared to be eight to ten feet long.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

The offshore area extending from Bodega Bay down to Big Sur is known as the “Red Triangle” for its high number of great white shark sightings. The waters draw them because of the rich supply of food, including sea lions, elephant seals and whale carcasses.

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