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Beach Evacuated After Pool of Blood Spotted in Water

Lifeguards flew a purple flag, indicating dangerous marine life, around 12:40 p.m. Thursday at the Eastham beach

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Officials say swimmers at Coast Guard Beach in Massachusetts were evacuated after lifeguards spotted a pool of blood in the water.

Lifeguards flew a purple flag, indicating dangerous marine life, around 12:40 p.m. Thursday at the Eastham beach.

Leslie Reynolds, chief ranger at Cape Cod National Seashore, says beachgoers saw a group of seals swimming near the pool of blood. She says the blood might have been the result of a shark attacking a seal, but a shark was not spotted.

The beach remained closed for an hour.

A spokeswoman for the Atlantic Great White Shark Conservancy says there have been several brief closings due to shark sightings. On Aug. 12, beachgoers witnessed a great white shark bite a seal and spit it out onto the beach.

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