PHOTOS - Polar Bear Plunge 2016: La Jollans greet the New Year with a splash!

Hundreds of swimmers made the annual Polar Bear Plunge into the chilly waters of La Jolla Shores on New Year’s morning, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Some brave souls swam to Scripps Pier and back, but most rushed briefly into the 59-degree waters, then exited just as quickly, screaming and giggling as they high-fived and hugged to usher in 2016. Members of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club and La Jolla Shores Surfing Association were also on hand for an annual New Year’s Day Potluck.

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