By Kathy Day
Lifeguards confirmed Thursday afternoon that two divers reported seeing a five-foot-long great white shark 30 feet under water north of the A buoy near La Jolla Cove earlier in the day.
The lifeguard dispatcher on duty said the sighting occurred about 500 feet offshore.
The beach was closed for a while as lifeguards patrolled the area on personal watercraft, said Anne Cleveland, a regular Cove swimmer who had been in the water earlier.
Lifeguards were allowing people back in the water by about 3:45 p.m. although an advisory remained in effect, she added.
She said an experienced divemaster was in the water a student when they saw the shark.
"She was able to identify it as a juvenile great white (shark)," Cleveland said, noting that the shark was described as 5- to 7-feet long.
Even as she chatted with fellow Cove regulars about their next swimming "date," Cleveland described the scene. People were talking about the sighting and media crews were arriving.