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A great white shark menaced the Massachusetts shoreline, prompting ‘Jaws’ jokes at the beach

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.

Behold:

The shark, which was spotted by a Massachusetts state police helicopter, headed back out to deeper water shortly after the beaches cleared, according to a tweet from state trooper Dustin Fitch.

A short time later, the Duxbury Fire Department announced that the beach had reopened — but cautioned: “Swim at your own risk.”

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.

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.

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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]

Abby Ohlheiser is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.

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