necn covered thousands of stories this year, but there were some that stood out above the rest.
The most-watched stories on necn.com this year include shocking sexual acts on the beach, shark attacks and a controversy around pro-Trump signs in Maine.
1. Four Teens Arrested for Allegedly Having Sex at Cape Cod Beach
A large crowd gathered around four teeneagers allegedly having sex at Mayflower Beach in Cape Cod. The teens involved in the incident, which was caught on tape, were arrested for disorderly conduct.
2. Beachgoers Witness a Bloodbath When Shark Attacks Seal
Beachgoers witnessed a brutal scene when a shark tore a seal apart near two surfers off the coast of Nauset Beach on Cape Cod. The teens didn’t notice the shark at first, but were able to make it back to shore safely.
3. Babysitters Caught Putting Baby in a Refrigerator
A Snapchat showed two babysitters placing a baby into a refrigerator and closing the door while the child screamed. The two girls were charged with child endangerment and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
4. Maine Woman Defies Call to Remove Oversized Pro-Trump Signs
A Rockland, Maine woman became the center of controversy after hanging two pro-Trump signs on her front gate. The size of the signs exceeded that allowed in the city ordinance, but she refused to take them down or pay fines for the violation.
5. White Shark Attacks Seal Off Cape Cod
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy captured a white shark eating a seal off the coast of Chatham, Massachusetts.
6. Hundreds in Northeast Marvel at Fireball Shooting Across the Sky
Nearly 200 people across the Northeast reported seeing a bright object streak across the sky in October. The bright meteor was seen in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maryland and Delaware
7. Beach Closes After Shark Chomps on Paddleboard
Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, was temporarily closed after a great white shark bit a stand-up paddleboard. The 69-year-old man using the paddleboard never saw the shark, but luckily only received indirect injuries from the encounter.
8. Tornado Spotted on Sebago Lake in Maine
A tornado was touched down on Sebago Lake in Maine at the beginning of July and filled a pontoon boat. Luckily, nobody was injured during the waterspout.
9. Mass. School Rejects Dr. Seuss Book Donation From First Lady Melania Trump
First Lady Melania Trump sent a shipment of books to Cambridgeport Elementary School, but they were rejected by the school librarian. The First Lady responded to the librarian’s decision, who gained both supporters and critics for the rejection.
10. Pregnant Fiance of 19-Year-Old Killed by Police Speaks Out
A 19-year-old man was shot and killed by police in Fall River, Massachusetts in November. He was supposed to be married to his pregnant fiance in December.