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Shark sighting near Avila Beach Pier prompts warnings to beachgoers

Port San Luis Harbor District confirmed a shark sighting on May 18, 2017. Above, beachgoers play in the sand after a shark sighting prompted warnings at Avila Beach in 2007.
Port San Luis Harbor District confirmed a shark sighting on May 18, 2017. Above, beachgoers play in the sand after a shark sighting prompted warnings at Avila Beach in 2007. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Avila Beach harbor officials have confirmed a credible shark sighting in the area around the pier Thursday.

The size of the shark was not immediately available, but it looks to have been a great white, according to a district newsflash.

The beaches will not close, but people are being asked to use caution if they choose to get in the water.

Per district policy, signs have been posted on the beach warning people of the possibility of a shark in the water. Those will remain in place for three days.

Surfers spotted a large shark swimming next to the Pismo Beach Pier on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Mike Brink, who owns Morro Bay Boat Charters, was conducting a coastal charter just south of Morro Rock on Thursday morning, Sept. 8, 2016 — filming a dead dolphin he had come across — when “all of a sudden a shark came right up” to the side of th

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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