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Deja vu: Shark sighting sees surfer Mick Fanning pulled from J-Bay Open

The opening to the J-Bay Open quarter-final between Mick Fanning and Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina had to be suspended after a shark sighting.

The J-Bay Open was suspended after officials spotted a shark entering the competition zone. Picture: World Surf League.

CAPE TOWN - The opening to the J-Bay Open quarter-final between Mick Fanning and Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina had to be suspended after a shark sighting.

The two surfers were removed from the water and the event was halted as authorities tried to locate the shark.

The scare happened at the same event where Fanning escaped a shark attack in 2015.

Organisers stopped the event after spotting the shark near the competition zone.

But surfers decided to resume the competition after the water safety officials confirmed that the shark had moved away from the surfing area.

Medina beat Fanning to advance to the semi-finals.

This is the second shark sighting in the same event.

In 2015, Fanning made headlines when a video showing his encounter with a white shark went viral.

The World Surf League described Fanning’s quick thinking in the face of that incident as nothing short of heroic.

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