Posted by: coastlinesproject | June 10, 2013

Nauset Beach; Great white shark reported this morning.

Nauset Beach open again after morning shark sighting
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This new sign has been posted along the main walkway to Nauset Beach. The new warning signs have been posted at Nauset Beach cautioning beachgoers about the potential of great white sharks in the water. At least three of these signs are at Nauset Beach, one at Chatham Lighthouse Beach and various other ocean beaches.Merrily Cassidy
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June 09, 2013

ORLEANS – Nauset Beach is open again after being closed for an hour this morning following the sighting of what officials say is a 12 to 13 foot great white shark.

A senior lifeguard with the town of Orleans spotted a dorsal fin about 150 yards off the beach at about 10:15 a.m., Orleans Harbormaster Dawson Farber said.

“The shape and color of the fin led him to believe that it was in fact a white shark,” Farber said.

The animal was estimated to be between 12 and 13 feet long based on the distance from the dorsal fin to the tail fin, Farber said.

Per protocol swimmers were asked to get out of the water and surrounding towns and the Cape Cod National Seashore were notified, Farber said.

The shark was sighted toward the southern end of the beach’s protected swimming area and was headed in the direction of Chatham, he said.

The protocol dictates that swimmers be kept out of the water for an hour after a confirmed sighting unless there is another sighting, Farber said.

The beach was opened again at 11:15 a.m., Orleans assistant beach director Rick Harris said.

The shark was spotted heading south toward Chatham at a rapid speed, Harris said.

In addition to the protected bathing beach the northern section of the beach toward Nauset Inlet was also cleared following the sighting using patrol trucks, Harris said.

The sighting is earlier than in previous years, Harris said.

The beach was closed in early July 2012 following a shark sighting that an expert later said may have been a harmless basking shark.

On July 30 a man was bitten by a great white shark off Ballston Beach in Truro.

Harris pointed out new signs installed at the beach that provided information on sharks and said officials are doing the best they can along the half mile of protected beach to keep people safe.

As of 1:15 p.m. there had not been another sighting.

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