SAN CLEMENTE ( — Something lurking in the water at San Clemente Beach is giving swimmers a fright and has forced lifeguards to close the beach.

There have been two shark sightings within the last 24 hours.

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The first sign of that feared, finned creature happened around 7 p.m. Thursday, Marine Safety Officer Ian Burton said.

No one was in the water so lifeguards say they kept a close watch but refrained from closing the beach.

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It wasn’t until a surfer spotted another shark around 11:30 a.m. Friday near Tower 5 at T Street that lifeguards closed the whole beach, Burton said.

A lifeguard used a jet ski to get everyone out of the water and then went looking for the 6- to 7- foot shark.

Lifeguards plan to reopen San Clemente Beach around noon Saturday.

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