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By Kristina Pritchett

On Wednesday, May 10, Orange County Sheriff’s Department made an announcement from their helicopter that 15 sharks were spotted near Capo Beach and San Onofre.

The announcement warned swimmers and surfers to calmly exit the water Wednesday afternoon.

“You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks, [OC Parks] is advising you exit the water in a calm manner. The sharks are as close as the surf line,” an officer said during the video.

Later, the officer asked beach goers to stay out of the water.

During the video, the deputies said the sharks were south of Doheny State Beach in Capo Beach.

Mark Allen, lifeguard chief for the South Sector, said the beach did not close, but there was an advisory issued and will remain in effect until Friday. The lifeguards will reassess the advisory on Saturday morning.

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