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Shark sighting reported in La Jolla

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LA JOLLA (CBS 8/CNS) - A two-mile stretch of coastline near Casa Reef was closed Wednesday after several people spotted a dorsal fin, feared to belong to a shark.

Greg Nielsen told News 8 he and three other boogie boarders were riding the waves at Casa Reef, just south of the La Jolla Children's Pool, when they saw a dorsal fin, estimated to be about 12 inches.

In an exclusive interview with News 8, Nielsen said, "It was going straight, it wasn't going up and down like a dolphin and it was enough to motivate us to get out of the water pretty quick. It was coming toward us. We didn't see the actual body, just the fin." Lifeguards immediately evacuated the water.

The water one mile in each direction from Casa Reef will be off-limits for 24 hours, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque. A police helicopter was used to search the area, but no shark was spotted.

Lifeguards closed a two-mile stretch of coastline off Mission Beach last Thursday after a lifeguard spotted an 18-inch dorsal fin, and again the next day after a surfer saw a 14-inch fin about 100 yards out, lifeguards said. 

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