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Advisory continues after shark sighting in Del Mar

Shark advisory
Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 18:01:27-04

DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) -- Another shark sighting in Del Mar prompted lifeguards to leave in place signs warning swimmers to enter the water at their own risk.

According to lifeguards, the five-foot-long shark was spotted at 1 p.m. off 15th street as crews patrolled the area in a boat.

Lifeguards say the advisory signs will be taken down in 24 hours unless any more sharks are spotted in the area.

The sighting marks the fourth day in a row a shark has been spotted in the area.

Research biologists say if a shark is under six feet, they are juveniles and eat smaller fish, posing no threat to people.

“If I saw a sub-adult or anything over 6 feet, I would probably personally get out of the water,” Heidi Dewar, Research Biologist at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center said.

Dewar also has some tips on avoiding any possible shark attacks:

  • Avoid the beach at dusk and dawn
  • Stay away from river mouths
  • Pay attention to lifeguards and their warnings