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Lifeguard: "Business as usual" after shark sightings at Mission Beach

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This photo taken last week off Torrey Pines beach shows a dolphin, not a shark, according to an expert with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This photo taken last week off Torrey Pines beach shows a dolphin, not a shark, according to an expert with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Visitors returned to Mission Beach Saturday, after possible shark sightings prompted two days of closures, lifeguards said.

Lifeguard Nick Lerma said it was "business as usual" as surfers, swimmers and boogie boarders returned to the area around tower 13, where a surfer spotted a 14-inch dorsal fin, feared to belong to a shark. He said people were back in the water, although many stayed in shallower areas near the shore.

The owner of a Mission Beach rental business said people did not seem to let the scare affect their beach plans and beachgoers were upset when they were not allowed in the water.

"They didn't quite believe it," the man said, preferring not to give his name. He said his customers were unsure "if there really was a shark out there," and that being forced out of the water was more of an inconvenience.

The area was closed Thursday afternoon after lifeguard spotted an 18-inch dorsal fin, but was later reopened to beachgoers, Lerma said. A fin that size could belong to a shark at least 10 feet long, he said.

Lifeguards closed the two-mile stretch of water again Friday when an experienced surfer spotted a 14-inch dorsal fin in the water, San Diego lifeguards aid.

The fin was spotted about 8 a.m. about 100 yards from tower 13, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The waters were closed in one mile in each direction from the location of the sighting.

Lerma said two credible people reporting different sightings in the same area was very rare.

No further sightings were reported and the area opened to beachgoers at 8 a.m., Lerma said.

Hot weather may contribute to the crowds at the beach, where the water was 64 degrees, Lerma said. The National Weather Service forecast temperatures upwards of 114 degrees in parts of the county.

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