- Associated Press - Friday, February 24, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Swimmers and surfers have been ordered out of the water at two Southern California beaches after a pair of great white sharks were spotted near shore.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/2l9yKhd ) reports that a helicopter crew saw a great white as long as 14 feet swimming 100 feet off Orange County’s Bolsa Chica State Beach Friday morning.

Lt. Claude Panis of the Huntington Beach Fire Department says a juvenile great white, only about 7 feet long, was also seen.

The waters off of Orange County’s Sunset and Bolsa Chica beaches were ordered cleared, although the beaches themselves remained open.

State parks spokesman Kevin Pearsall says people will likely be allowed to return to the water after 24 hours if there are no other shark sightings.

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