Shark sightings cause closures at Norfolk beaches

Community Beach Park on June 22, 2017. (Chopper 10/WAVY Photo)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Four shark sightings at three beaches in Ocean View caused lifeguards to clear the water on Thursday.

City spokesperson Lori Crouch said Community Beach Park in Ocean View was shut down at 11:26 a.m. for about 30 minutes.

Community Beach was again closed, along with Sarah Constant and East Ocean View Beach, at 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. due to shark sightings.

Most sharks in that area are less than six feet long, according to Crouch. She said the beach nourishment project can create sandbars that bring fish to different areas looking for a meal.

Officials say it’s best to swim with another person and to only get into the water when lifeguards are on duty.