A large shark — which was eventually identified as a great white — forced officials to clear the waters at Duxbury Beach, in the Boston suburbs, on Monday.
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) August 25, 2014
A short time later, the Duxbury Fire Department announced that the beach had reopened — but cautioned: “Swim at your own risk.”
— Duxbury Fire PIO (@DXFD_PIO) August 25, 2014
Although the danger has passed for Massachusetts beachgoers, the close encounter reminded quite a few people of a little shark movie that was shot in Massachusetts.
Someone carved this shark-related message in the sand at Duxbury Beach following the shark sighting. pic.twitter.com/mQFj0fDtO8
— NECN (@NECN) August 25, 2014
Although it’s rare to see great whites in Duxbury, the Boston Globe notes that this is the second day in a row that officials have spotted a large shark off the Massachusetts coast.
Yesterday, a lifeguard at Wellfleet beach saw what he believed to be a large, 10-to-12-foot shark in the waters. Shark sightings, the Globe said, are a bit more common on the shores of Cape Cod, especially in areas where seals like to congregate.
Last week, NECN reported that experts spotted at least four great whites off of the Cape Cod coast, in deep water.
[This post has been updated]