In the second sighting in three days, a large shark was spotted this afternoon, cruising in the water about 100 yards off of Horseneck Beach State Reservation, the Westport harbormaster said.
Lifeguards on the beach saw the 10-foot-long shark around noon today in Westport, prompting officials to close the water to swimming for the rest of the day, Richard Earle said.
It is not known what kind of shark it was, Earle said.
Earle said he and local police plan to go up in a helicopter Thursday and survey the water for any sharks. Depending on what they spot, the water may be reopened to swimmers.
A shark sighting by a fisherman on Monday resulted in the closure of the beach that day.
Numerous sightings of great white sharks near Chatham have resulted in the indefinite closure of a five-mile stretch of beach there.
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