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Was it a shark? Dead baby seal found with bite marks in OB

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    Shark sighting reported in La Jolla

    Wednesday, August 31 2011 10:13 PM EDT2011-09-01 02:13:07 GMT
    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. 
    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. 

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OCEAN BEACH (CBS 8/CNS) - Was it a shark? That's the question a group of fishermen are asking after finding a dead baby seal off the Ocean Beach pier with apparent bite marks in it.

"The only thing that would have done that is something really with big teeth," says fisherman Jeff O'Connor. "And we figured it's a shark. And it sure looks like a shark bite."

The discovery comes just hours after a shark sighting prompted lifeguards to close a two-mile
stretch of beach south of Casa Beach in La Jolla Wednesday. That area was reopened Thursday morning, but authorities advised beach-goers to beware of the risk should they enter the water.

Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque says three surfers and two boogie boarders spotted a 12-inch dorsal fin around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Children's Pool, where a colony of seals live.

Lifeguards evacuated the area and declared the water off-limits to swimmers for 24 hours for one mile in each direction.

A shark's dorsal fin was also spotted last week at Mission Beach. A lifeguard reported that he believed he saw a great white shark.

News 8 contacted SeaWorld to find out if a marine mammal expert will examine the baby seal's corpse to determine whether it was the victim of a shark attack. As of Thursday morning, SeaWorld had not responded to calls.

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