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8 White Sharks Spotted Off Cape Cod Beach

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    Harbormaster Warns Beachgoers About Sharks

    The harbormaster in Orleans, Massachusetts, issued a firm warning about shark activity Thursday, August 30, 2018.

    (Published Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018)

    Eight great white sharks were spotted off Nauset Public Beach on Thursday, including one close to shore.

    The sightings were reported by a spotter pilot for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. There is no word on whether any beaches have been closed to swimming.

    This summer has been an extremely busy one for sharks off the Cape. More than a dozen have been spotted off the coast in the past two days alone.

    Greg Skomal, a state marine biologist, recently said that his team spotted nearly 150 great whites off Cape Cod in July, double the number of sightings they recorded in 2017.

    Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

    Last month, a New York man was badly bitten by a shark off a beach in Truro, the first person since 2012 to be attacked by a shark off Massachusetts. Many Cape Cod beaches have also been forced to temporarily close to swimming this summer after sharks were spotted close to shore.

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