A lifeguard station at Huntington Beach. MyNewsLA.com Photo
A lifeguard station at Huntington Beach. MyNewsLA.com Photo

Huntington Beach authorities Monday closed access to the waters off Sunset Beach, between Warner Avenue and Anderson Street, following a shark sighting.

A beachgoer flagged a lifeguard between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., saying a shark had been spotted, said Jennifer Carey, a spokeswoman for the city of Huntington Beach.

The shark was estimated to be between 8 and 12 feet, Carey said.

“Based on those sizes, it may not be a juvenile shark,” Carey said.

The city has a policy that if a shark shows aggressive behavior or is a certain size, then the waters are closed for at least four hours, Carey said.

Access to the water could be reopened between Monday evening, Carey said.

Visitors to the beach should check safebeachday.com for updates, Carey said.

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