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Great white shark spotted off coast of Morro Bay

A sign warning of a confirmed shark sighting was posted in Morro Bay on Wednesday evening.
A sign warning of a confirmed shark sighting was posted in Morro Bay on Wednesday evening. mvaughan@thetribunenews.com

A shark was sighted near Morro Bay on Wednesday, according to the Morro Bay Harbor Department, which posted signs to warn surfers and beach-goers.

A commercial fisherman spotted the shark at 10 a.m. about two and a half miles offshore, said Eric Endersby, the harbor director. The fisherman who reported the sighting said he was within 25 to 30 feet of a great white shark, Endersby said.

“It’s getting fairly common up and down the coast,” Endersby said. “Sharks are a fact of life and people have to be careful and aware.”

Additional information, such as the type of shark, was not immediately available.

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

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.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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