Environment & Science

Huntington Beach reopened after shark-bumping incident

Huntington Beach is busy with beachgoers on a recent afternoon.
Huntington Beach is busy with beachgoers on a recent afternoon.
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The waters of Huntington Beach were reopened Saturday, signifying the end of a closure that was triggered when a shark deemed "aggressive" bumped into a surfer in Friday, according to various news reports.

Marine Safety Lt. Claude Panis told City News Service the beach was reopened at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

The surfer told authorities on Friday that a 5-to-8-foot-long shark bumped the underside of his board as he sat waiting for a morning wave. The surfer paddled about 30 yards back to shore and alerted lifeguards, according to the Associated Press.