Photo by Terry Goss [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Terry Goss [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons. File photo of shark, not a photo of Newport Beach shark
A two-mile section of ocean in Newport Beach was closed for more than five hours Monday following the sighting of an 8-foot hammerhead shark near the pier.

The closure was lifted around 4:30 p.m. when authorities said there had not been any more sightings in the area. A shark advisory warning beach-goers of the sighting will remain in effect until at least Tuesday morning, according to Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department.

The shark was spotted about 11 a.m., and was not acting in an aggressive manner, but the closure was ordered as a precaution, Manzella said. The closure area stretched about one mile on each side of the Newport Pier from about 10th to 40th streets, Manzella said.

On Oct. 8-9, a stretch of ocean off Huntington Beach was closed when a roughly 10-foot shark was spotted by a surfer.

—City News Service

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