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Two juvenile white sharks were spotted swimming off a northern Orange County beach Wednesday, prompting the city of Seal Beach to post warning signs.

A warning sign was posted by Seal Beach after sharks were seen at Surfside beach on April 29, 2015. (Credit: Seal Beach Marine Safety Department)

A warning sign was posted by Seal Beach after sharks were seen at Surfside beach on April 29, 2015. (Credit: Seal Beach Marine Safety Department)

The city’s Marine Safety Department received reports and video indicating sharks were in the area of Surfside beach on Tuesday, according to a news release from the department.

Lifeguards were not able to confirm the presence of sharks on Tuesday, but they did find the big fish on Wednesday morning outside the surf line off Surfside beach.

The sharks were described as 5 to 6 feet long.

“They’re nonaggressive,” Marine Safety Department chief Joe Bailey said. “They’re moving around slowly and they’re not circling people. They’re not bumping people.”

The city was taking a “level 1” response by posting signs about animals it does not consider a threat, Bailey said.

Such sightings are rare and the animals are passing through local waters en route to another destination, according to the city.

Warning signs stating “Advisory, “Shark Sighted,” and “enter at your own risk” were posted.

Surfside is a gated community close to the border of Seal Beach and Huntington Beach (map).

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