SANTA CRUZ (CBS/AP) — Park rangers were warning surfers to stay out of the water after a great white shark leaped out of the water and attacked an elephant seal off a Santa Cruz area beach.

Waddell Creek Beach lifeguard supervisor Chip Bochman said surfers spotted the attack about 150 yards off the creek mouth on Sunday.

Signs have been posted the Waddell Creek parking lot and on the beach urging surfers and swimmers to stay out of the water.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported rangers have determined there’s no “direct threat” because the attack was beyond the surf break.

But as a precaution, the warning signs will be posted through the weekend.

Waddell Creek runs through Big Basin Redwoods State Park to the sea in Santa Cruz County.



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