This week has already seen multiple beach closures due to shark sightings. On Tuesday, Newcomb Hollow in Wellfleet and South Beach in Edgartown were ordered closed to swimmers. Newcomb Hollow, the beach where a 26-year-old Revere man was fatally bitten by a shark last September, was closed again on Wednesday after another shark was spotted near the shore.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy reminded beachgoers that August through October are the peak months for great white activity off Cape Cod.
“Whether or not a sighting is reported, we advise caution and recommend not venturing beyond waist deep water,” the nonprofit cautioned swimmers.
Newcomb Hollow yesterday after swimmers were removed from the water due to a white shark spotted. August-October are peak months of white shark activity off Cape Cod. Whether or not a sighting is reported, we advise caution and recommend not venturing beyond waist deep water. pic.twitter.com/TaTOwt8vxf
— Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (@A_WhiteShark) August 1, 2019
As of Thursday afternoon, the conservancy’s app that tracks shark sightings in the state — Sharktivity — listed more than a handful of reports of the ocean predators over the last 48 hours.
Below, stay informed on what researchers are saying about shark sightings as you head to the beach.