They're still out there. A spotter pilot sighted two great white sharks off the coast of Chatham near Monomoy Island Sunday, said Catherine Williams, a spokeswoman from the Division of Marine Fisheries.The sightings follow several others this summer that ultimately led to the indefinite closure of Chatham’s South Beach.
There’s no word yet on when the beach might reopen, Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith said today. “It’s up to how the sharks migrate. If they move and we have evidence that shows that, then we can [reopen the beach],” he said.
Smith said the sharks have been seen in three to four feet of water off of South Beach.
The beach closing hasn’t affected tourism, said Smith. “South Beach is a rural, remote beach. All the other beaches [in Chatham] are open and there are no sharks in that area,” he said.
While the shark sightings keep rolling in, it's not clear exactly how many great white sharks are out there, officials have said, because sharks could be sighted more than once. Williams said the Division of Marine Fisheries doesn't count the number of sightings because "that's just not valuable data."
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