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Great white shark spotted off Imperial Beach

January 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities are warning Southern California swimmers and surfers after a great white shark was spotted near Imperial Beach.

The massive great white, believed to be 18 feet long, was spotted Wednesday.

One surfer snapped a picture as the shark partially breached the ocean surface. The image he captured only shows half of the animal's giant dorsal fin.

Professional surfer Sean Fowler also caught a glimpse of the shark about 200 yards from the beach.

"Right when he came towards me and told me about it, that's when I saw it breach again and saw the biggest fin I think I've ever seen," said Fowler.

Great white sightings near Imperial Beach are extremely rare. Swimmers were urged to stay out of the water for a couple of days.