Children's Pool waters reopened for swimming

Families play on the beach at the Children's Pool during the beach closure. Photo: Greg Wiest
Families play on the beach at the Children's Pool during the beach closure. Photo: Greg Wiest

A stretch of La Jolla beach was reopened about 10:30 a.m. Thursday after being closed one mile in each direction from near Children’s Pool yesterday’s when surfers reported seeing a shark fin, Maurice Luque, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman said via e-mail.

The closure extended from Hospital Beach to Emerald Cove.

"This action was taken after lifeguards patrolled the area since early this morning, seeing no evidence of a shark in the area and hearing no other reports from the public," he wrote. "However an 'advisory' will continue in the area for the remainder of the day with beach goers being advised about yesterday’s report of a shark in the area."

Meanwhile, at 9 a.m. this morning, City News Service said lifeguards received a report of a 12-inch fin being spotted about 100 to 200 yards offshore from the 1200 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in the Point Loma-Ocean Beach area, San Diego police officer Frank Cali said. But that report turned out to be not credible and the unguarded stretch of beach remains open, Luque said. It was the fourth possible shark reported along the San Diego coastline in the past week.

Lifeguards closed the beaches in La Jolla Wednesday about 1:30 p.m. after Boogie boarders and surfers said they saw a fin that they believed belonged to a large shark.

Greg Nielsen of Del Mar said, “There were four or five of us in the water and we saw it straight out 75 to 100 yards outside of the lineup from where we were, said

“It just wasn’t going up and down like a dolphin,” said Nielsen. “It was kind of like, right there.”

Nielsen said he didn’t see any of the body — just the fin.

“It was a foot and a half tall, we didn’t get a side view of it or anything, ” he said. “It didn’t look or feel like a dolphin at all: It was enough to get us out of the water.”

To hear what one tourist told NBCSanDiego go to

www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Shark_Warning_Frightenes_La_Jolla_Tourist_San_Diego-128881608.html

   
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