New England

Close Encounters: Great White Sharks Spotted Near Beach, Paddleboarder Over the Weekend

The great white shark sightings continued over the weekend on Cape Cod, with one spotted not far from a local beach and another within close proximity to an unsuspecting paddleboarder.

Two more were reportedly seen by researchers on Monday morning.

The six most recent sightings bring the total number in the past week alone to 12. 

On Saturday, one great white was spotted off Orleans.

Another was seen in Cape Cod Bay off Provincetown. The person who reported it was on a boat and said the shark appeared curious about the vessel and then swam off.

On Sunday, a Massachusetts State Police helicopter spotted a great white shark about 3 miles north of Newcomb Hollow in Wellfleet, only 100 yards from the beach.

Also that same day, a paddleboarder off Wellfleet said he saw a shark about 50 feet away from him at Marconi Beach.

Shark sightings are not unusual this time of year, but there has been an uptick in the number of sightings in the past week. On Friday, a shark was spotted near swimmers at Race Point Beach in Provincetown.

Typically, mid-June is when most great white sharks arrive in the New England area. Last year was a particularly active year for great whites off Cape Cod, with dozens of sightings and several beach closures due to sharks being spotted swimming close to shore.

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