This photo shows just how close a shark was to shore in Truro before beach closure

Shark researchers say 2019 has been a “banner year” for tagging sharks off Cape Cod.

CAPE COD, MA - 8/16/2018:  Kenneth Dutra Lifeguard with National Park Seashore at Long Nook Beach in Truro where William Lytton was bit by a shark.  (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 17sharkspic
–David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

A Truro beach was closed to swimmers for an hour on Tuesday after researchers reported spotting a great white shark near the shore.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy shared a photo later in the day, showing just how close the shark was to Head of the Meadow Beach.

The conservancy said more than one shark was seen close to the shoreline during the research voyage on Tuesday. Working with the conservancy, researchers and Greg Skomal, the senior fisheries scientist for the state Department of Fish and Game and head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, tagged four sharks off Truro and Wellfleet during the trip, bringing the total number of great whites tagged during the 2019 season to 12 in just under a month. 


The highest number of sharks ever tagged in one season off Massachusetts was 28 in 2017, according to researchers

Shark sightings reported to Sharktivity in the last two days as of Wednesday morning. —Sharktivity

We haven’t tagged this many this early, so it’s been a banner year,” Skomal wrote on Twitter

According to Sharktivity, the conservancy’s free app that provides information on white shark sightings and movements in the region, more than a dozen great whites have been sighted off the Cape in the last 48 hours. 

 The “peak months” for sharks in Massachusetts waters are August, September, and October.