Two shark sightings in two days at same beach

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – 8/30/2015 – Another sighting of a hammerhead shark was spotted in San Diego waters Sunday.

According to San Diego Lifeguards, a kayak fisherman was approached by a nearly 7-foot shark somewhere between 1-1/2 to 2 miles off of La Jolla Shores around 12:10 p.m.

This is the second sighting reported since Saturday and happened just 50 minutes before the 24-hour shark advisory would expire. 

Lifeguards said the shark followed the kayaker to about 250 feet away from the boat launch. The kayaker informed lifeguards and also warned a nearby swimmer. 

The shark swam toward the swimmer in a non-aggressive manner and quickly turned around towards deeper waters, officials said. It was not seen again.

The beaches between La Jolla Cove and Scripps Pier remained open, but a shark advisory was in effect until the end of the day.

People were warned of the danger, but were free to go into the water.

Hammerhead sharks are rarely seen near the shore, Lt. Andy Lerum of San Diego Lifeguards said. However, warm weather and currents from the south made San Diego waters warmer than usual.

According to Lerum, water temperatures were about 74 degrees at La Jolla, which made the beach an ideal condition for the shark.

8/29/2015 – An 8-10 foot hammerhead shark was spotted off the shore of La Jolla Saturday. 

The waters between La Jolla Cove and Scripps Pier are being evacuated and the beaches will be closed for 24 hours, according to San Diego lifeguards.

Kayakers and swimmers saw the shark around 1 p.m. as it circled them near the surf line. According to SDF-R officials, the swimmers climbed aboard the kayaks and were safely taken back to land.   

Witnesses told lifeguards that the shark followed the kayaks all the way back to the beach.

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