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Shark Sighting Prompts Closure of Two Orange County Beaches

A 12-foot shark was spotted from a police helicopter off the Bolsa Chica State Beach coast

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A shark sighting prompted the closure of a stretch of beach in Orange County on Friday, officials said.

The sighting was reported from a Huntington Beach police helicopter off the Bolsa Chica State Beach coast at 10:77 a.m., Huntington Beach Marine Safety Lt. Claude Panis said.

Because of the size of the shark, a 12-footer, lifeguards closed Bolsa Chica State Beach and Sunset Beach until 11 a.m. Saturday.

Earlier in the day, a second shark was also spotted in the area, Huntington Beach police said.

On Tuesday, a fisherman hauled in an 8-foot great white shark ashore in Huntington Beach. Five men pushed the 500-pound shark back into the ocean.

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