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Watch: Shark spotted off Nauset Beach

A family boating off Eastham captured footage of the swimming shark.

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Shark sightings over the weekend prompted beach closures in Wellfleet, but in nearby Eastham, a vacationing family captured video of a swimming shark as a trip souvenir. 

Lee Ann Reigel, from Pennsylvania, told NBC10 Boston she and her family saw several sharks off Nauset Beach from the chartered boat they were passengers aboard on Saturday. 

“We said we wanted to see sharks and we actually saw about five, six great whites,” she told the station. 

One came close to the boat and she was able to take photos and video. 

August, September, and October are the “peak” months for shark activity in Massachusetts waters, and sightings of the ocean predators have shut down swimming at beaches stretching from the Cape up to Maine, where a New York woman was killed in an attack by a great white last week. 

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Experts are urging beachgoers to check for sightings and report any spotted sharks to Sharktivity, the free app from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy that provides information on white shark sightings and movements. 

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