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Shark sneaks up on paddle boarder off Catalina coast

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A shark crashed a party of paddle boarders off the coast of Catalina on Sunday morning, taking a number of bites out of a 15-year-old's board but injuring no one.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials say the girl who encountered the shark was part of group of paddle boarders about 200 yards from the shore when the close-call occurred.

Lifeguards issued warnings to boaters, swimmers, and divers around the island following the incident. Authorities patrolling the waters have not seen the shark again.


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