San Diego lifeguards reported that an 8-10 foot hammerhead shark was spotted off the shore of La Jolla on Saturday at approximately 1 p.m.
According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, video footage showed the shark demonstrate aggressive behaviors, circling a group of kayakers and following them all the way to the beach. Nearby swimmers were able to climb onboard with the other kayakers and safely evacuate the area.
The shark was last seen by the south end of La Jolla Shores, near the surf line at the foot of Agenda De La Playa.
After lifeguards confirmed the public safety threat, there were immediate measures taken to warn the public, said the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. These methods included public announcements, lifeguard vehicles, rescue vessels and PWC’s.
The lifeguards made contact with Dr. Andy Nosal, a Marine Biologist at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, said the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. He confirmed that the species, size and aggressive behaviors of the shark necessitated the beach’s closure.
The waters between La Jolla Cove and Scripps Pier will continue to be closed for 24 hours.
City News Service contributed to this article.