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Several Sharks Spotted in San Clemente, Closing Beach

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    File photo - Beach closure sign at Beacons Beach in Encinitas, Calif., after a shark attack on Sept., 29, 2018.

    Shark sightings near El Portal Beach Friday afternoon forced a shutdown of about a mile of the shoreline.

    Two local surfers spotted multiple sharks outside the surf zone about 2:45 p.m., said San Clemente Marine Safety Officer Nick Jiugni. Two to three of the sharks appeared to be about 5 feet long and one was about 10 feet, prompting the closure of the beach at the well-known "204" surf spot until 7 p.m., Jiugni said.

    After that, if no other sharks are spotted, beachgoers will be advised about the shark sightings and told to swim at their own risk, Jiugni said.