Stretch of La Jolla coastline reopened

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A two-mile stretch of coastline at Casa Reef in La Jolla was reopened Thursday following a possible shark sighting but authorities advised beach-goers to beware of the risk should they enter the water.

The closure, enacted Wednesday afternoon, was lifted just before 10 a.m. because lifeguards patrolled the area since early morning with no evidence of a shark in the area and there were no other reports from the public, San Diego fire-rescue spokesman Maurice Luque said.

The closure was initially expected to last 24 hours.

Also this morning, just after 9 a.m., lifeguards received a report of a 12-inch fin being spotted about 100 to 200 yards offshore from the 1200 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in the Point Loma-Ocean Beach area, San Diego police Officer Frank Cali said.

That report turned out to be not credible and the unguarded stretch of beach remains open, Luque said.

Recent reports of possible shark sightings along the San Diego coastline began last Thursday, when a lifeguard reported seeing an 18-inch dorsal fin off Mission Beach. The next day, a surfer in the same area reported seeing a 14- inch fin about 100 yards out, lifeguards said.

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