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Great white shark sighting south of San Francisco prompts warning

Paddle boarder has close encounter with great white shark off California coast

Santa Barbara paddle boarder Mario Guilin captures drone footage of a peaceful encounter with a great white shark in Carpinteria, California.
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Santa Barbara paddle boarder Mario Guilin captures drone footage of a peaceful encounter with a great white shark in Carpinteria, California.

A great white shark sighting in Half Moon Bay on the California coast prompted a warning Saturday afternoon to swimmers, The Mercury News reported.

Someone reported seeing the shark a quarter-mile south of Pillar Point Harbor at 1:15 p.m., KGO reported.

No information on the size of the shark was available, according to KNTV.

San Mateo County officials warned swimmers in the area to exercise caution, KPIX reported.

Half Moon Bay is about 30 miles south of San Francisco.

Surfside Donuts, a donut shop in Pismo Beach, shared a video taken Saturday, July 9, 2016, that shows a shark that appears to be a great white swimming near the Pismo Beach Pier.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
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