Recent shark sightings not stopping people from going to Norfolk beaches

Posted at 5:29 PM, Jun 23, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. - Ocean View is one of three beaches to temporarily close after reports of shark sightings.

However some people are still coming to the ocean to enjoy their summer.

"I usually come out here it's always people, fun and kinds enjoying themselves," said beach goer, Lisa White. "This is the first time I've heard of it."

Shark sightings at this beach was surprising news to White who says she is no stranger to Ocean view.

She told News 3 her grandchildren are huge beach goers and just the sight of a shark isn't going to keep them away.

 "If I would've heard someone been eaten by a shark or have been bitten by a shark I'm sure I wouldn't have came," White added.

There were sightings of sharks on Thursday. A city official said one shark was seen at 11:30 a.m. that appeared to be less than six feet long.

The Virginia Beach Aquarium says it could have been a dogfish, sandbar or sand tiger shark and described them as docile animals.

Mother Crystal Este said, "We're just doing sand castles and stuff like that just trying to enjoy summer, but if there is any warning of a shark, especially close then I wouldn't risk it."

 Although people have chosen to hit the waves, despite the shark warning on Thursday, parents say they are keeping a closer eye on their children.

"Kids are very fast. They get out out sight. You just have to keep your eyes on them," said White.

 The city of Norfolk said the beaches were closed only for about 30 minutes on Thursday.

They're keeping a close eye out for any changes on the horizon.