Wellfleet beach closes twice after great white shark sightings

Authorities said the tagged shark was last spotted heading North.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, a shark warning sign warns visitors at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass. Susan Haigh/The Associated Press

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Swimming has been temporarily shut down twice at a Cape Cod beach on Sunday following multiple great white shark sightings.

Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet will be closed to swimmers until at least 12:30 p.m. after a great white shark was confirmed in the water by a real-time receiver.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity App, which is run in partnership with local officials to track shark movements, reported the first sighting Sunday morning around 9:51 a.m.

Authorities reportedly ordered beachgoers out of the water until 10:50 a.m. before another tagged shark was spotted heading North about an hour and a half later.


The Wellfleet beach is one of many that has continued to see closures as sharks have been lurking in area coastlines since August 2.

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