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San Clemente beach reopens after closure due to sharks

One of the giant mechanical sharks that starred in the movie
One of the giant mechanical sharks that starred in the movie "Jaws."
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Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday, swimmers are allowed back in the water at San Clemente beach closed after four sharks were spotted close to shore.

Officials said the waves were off limits Sunday from one mile (1.6 km) north to one mile (1.6 km) south of the city beach's pier. The water was reopened again Sunday afternoon.

Closures were ordered in the same area a week ago after two dozen great whites were seen, including one about 10 feet (3 meters) long.

Juvenile great whites, typically under 8 feet (2.4 meters), are common along Southern California, where they feed on small fish.

Last month a woman was bitten by a 10-foot (3 meter) white shark at San Onofre State Beach, south of San Clemente.

This story has been updated.