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Warning signs posted after shark sightings on Oregon coast

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CANNON BEACH, OR (KPTV) -

Several shark sightings close to shore in Cannon Beach and Seaside have prompted the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to post signs warning those headed into the water to be on the lookout.

Wednesday signs were put up on state beaches between the two cities.

Two people reported seeing a shark Tuesday. 

“It has been pretty crazy,” said Kathy Flynn-French, whose yard overlooks the area where one of those sightings happened near Haystack Rock.

Flynn-French said she saw a woman paddle boarding Tuesday evening near the rock about the time the sighting happened.

“It just bumped her board so she didn’t get bit,” Flynn-French said.

Wednesday, people were paying attention to the warning. Not many people had ventured out into the ocean.

“They are on the edge of the water,” Flynn-French said. “Nobody is really in the water.”

Andi Holmes lives nearby and said she was out surfing during that time with friends and family.

She said many who are regulars to the area are paying attention to the news.

“People are definitely paying attention. No one wants to be bitten by a shark and you really are not seeing anyone out today,” Holmes said.

Last October, an Oregon man was attacked by a shark along this same stretch of coast line. Oregon State Police said at the time the man was surfing when he was bitten on the leg.

As for these recent sightings, State Parks and Recreation officials say if you plan to just wade in the water close to shore, you shouldn’t be in any danger of a shark attack. They say the concern is with surfers and those swimming out to deeper waters.

Oregon Parks and Recreation reports that more than a dozen shark species live off the Oregon coast. 

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