Portion of La Jolla beach closed after 8- to 10-foot hammerhead shark sighting

A large hammerhead shark swims in circles around kayakers, one of whom captured this photo, in La Jolla on Saturday, Aug. 29. 2015. (KABC)

San Diego lifeguards closed a portion of the beach in La Jolla after swimmers and kayakers encountered a large, aggressive hammerhead shark Saturday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m., lifeguards received a report of an 8- to 10-foot hammerhead shark circling a group of swimmers and kayakers. Swimmers were able to climb aboard the kayaks and get to shore safely.

One of the kayakers captured footage of the shark circling around the group several times. The hammerhead followed the kayakers all the way to the edge of the shore. It was last seen outside the surf line by Avenida de la Playa at the south end of La Jolla Shores.

Lifeguards analyzed the footage and decided to immediately close the beach. A perimeter was set up from La Jolla Cove to the south and Scripps Pier to the north.

A fire rescue helicopter was used to search the area of the initial sighting, but the shark has not been spotted since.

The beach will remain closed for the next 24 hours.
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