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DP logoBy Kristina Pritchett

On Thursday morning, OC Lifeguards lifted the shark sighting advisory after re-evaluating the beach.

On Wednesday, the advisory was extended after lifeguards spotted a shark off of Strands Beach.

The extension came after a shark was spotted by lifeguards around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, said OC Lifeguards Chief Jason Young.

Young said the shark was spotted about 100 yards out.

The initial advisory was put into effect on Tuesday after lifeguards witnessed a shark breaching 300 yards out.

Young said the beach was closed for about an hour while officials conducted an investigation. After the beach re-opened, an advisory warned swimmers to enter the waters at their own risk. Since the sighting Wednesday morning, officials extended the advisory.

The size and species of the shark could not be confirmed.

OC Lifeguards responded with personal watercraft and assistance from Orange County Harbor Patrol and HB1 Helicopter to search the area.

Young said they will evaluate the warning first thing Thursday morning to determine whether it should stay in place.

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