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Shark advisory issued after sightings near Black's Beach

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Posted at 2:50 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 19:08:51-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A shark advisory is being issued Tuesday after witnesses reported seeing a five-foot-long shark near Black's Beach.

According to Mónica Muñoz with San Diego Fire-Rescue, the advisory is in place from the Mushroom House north to Bathtub Rock, also known as Flat Rock.

“Some witnesses reported seeing a shark of about five feet in length which does not reach the threshold of a significant threat. However, the number of witnesses and the feeding behavior observed influenced the lifeguards’ decision to issue the advisory,” Muñoz said.

Just after 12:30 p.m., a group of 25 surfers got out of the water at Black's Beach after reportedly seeing a shark eating a sea lion. Another group of people reported similar information to a lifeguard. In the same area, Muñoz says lifeguards witnessed a large sea lion eating a fish.

The department says there were either two separate sightings in the area, or witnesses all saw a sea lion feeding on a fish, but mistook it for a shark. “We are acting out of an abundance of caution,” Muñoz added.

Lifeguards are conducting active patrols in the area to let people know what witnesses saw.

Muñoz says lifeguards are advising against water activity; however, the water is not closed to people who choose to enter.

Signs will also be posted in the area.