2 Cape Cod Beaches Closed Due to Shark Sightings | NECN

2 Cape Cod Beaches Closed Due to Shark Sightings

The closures are only expected to last about an hour

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    Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries was working with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy when he got the shark footage. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016)

    Two Cape Cod beaches were temporarily closed to swimming on Wednesday after four sharks were spotted about 300 yards off shore.

    Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts, were shut down just before 2 p.m. They are expected to reopen for swimming in about an hour.

    It was the second shark sighting of the day in the area. Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, a great white shark was seen eating a seal off Nauset Light Beach. Swimmers were told to stay out of the water until around 11 a.m.

    Experts say great white sharks have been moving further north in recent weeks, which has forced the closure of several beaches to swimming.

    Last weekend, Race Point Beach in Provincetown was shut down for a time, and seven of them were spotted off Nauset Beach on Aug. 18.