A great white shark sighting was reported at about 10:30 a.m. and warning signs, informing swimmers that they were entering the water at their own risk, were posted along the shoreline from Leadbetter Beach down to East Beach, Harbor Patrol Officer Larry Nufer said.
City beach guards were working in the lifeguard stands this weekend and informed anyone they saw in the water.
In a Facebook post late Sunday afternoon, he described an unexpected — and unusual — interruption of his congregation’s beach baptism service.
“Had a first today after 38 years of ministry,” Wayman wrote. “We were having a baptism service in the Pacific Ocean here in Santa Barbara when a lifeguard ran over and told us they had spotted a great white shark and were warning us!
“We completed the Sacrament, but did move in a little closer to the shore!”
Nufer said the shark warnings usually stay up for 24 hours after a reported sighting.