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Who is Bert? Mysterious street art pops up in Cardiff

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - People in Cardiff are abuzz over some mysterious street art.

Someone named Bert has been putting up murals in various spots around Cardiff.

The donuts inside VG's Bakery are usually the topic of discussion, but for the past few days, it's what is out back that has people talking. 

The art showed up last week, and when Jeff Mettee saw it, he got it. 

"A lot of people are talking about it. Oh man, I was dying. That's super clever. Low and behold, it's like here in Cardiff. We're like whoa! That's pretty cool," he said. 

It's an artistic shout-out to surfer Mick Fanning, who recently survived an encounter with a shark. The piece is called Fin Bitin Mick Tyson. 

"I walk outside, and I'm like dying, you know? How clever! Guy has the Tyson tattoo and taking a bite out of a great white. Of course it's Mick Fanning," said Mettee. 

The artist simply goes by Bert, and his art has been popping up along Interstate- 5. 

Places like San Clemente, Oceanside, and one in Encinitas, but no one seems to know who the beach side version of Banksy is. 

Banksy is the world famous anonymous artist who's work has shown up around the globe. 

The only difference seems to be a picture that is not painted on, but is a giant sticker. 

His name may be a mystery, but Bert isn't shy about sharing his art online. His Instagram account has thousands of followers, and his videos show him in the act.

If you ask the guy at the donut shop, Bert will always be welcomed back. 

"Being here in Cardiff and the beach community, it couldn't be more perfect. I honestly wish he could do a couple more," said Mettee. 

CBS News 8 reached out to the Sheriff's Department to see what their thoughts on Bert were, and they said they're looking into it.

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