- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A two-mile stretch of Orange County shoreline has been closed after a large shark was spotted.

Lifeguards say the 9-to-10 foot shark was seen Sunday afternoon just off the Huntington Beach Pier.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/2j08B7x ) the sighting led authorities to shut down a surf contest and order a 24-hour closure of the water for a mile in each direction from the pier.

The Scholastic Surf Series contest was in its quarterfinal heat when lifeguards ordered everyone out of the water.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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