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Officials report sharks seen off Chatham

A 15-foot great white shark was spotted stalking seals Sunday about four or five miles south of the Chatham inlet.
George Breen/Cape Cod Shark Hunters
A 15-foot great white shark was spotted stalking seals Sunday about four or five miles south of the Chatham inlet.

Two shark sightings have occurred near the coast of Chatham over the past two days, officials said.

On Sunday, a 15-foot great white shark was spotted stalking seals within 100 feet of a Chatham beach, officials said.

The second sighting happened at about 5 p.m. Monday, when two State Police Air Wing troopers sighted a shark estimated to be 14 feet long about 200 yards offshore, in open water just east of North Chatham, according to a State Police spokesman.

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No further information on that sighting was immediately available Monday night, and it was not known if the shark observed by troopers could have been the same shark sighted on Sunday.

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The shark spotted Sunday was seen at about 3 p.m.

It traveled a mile along the beach and appeared to be hunting for seals, said George Breen, a pilot for Cape Cod Shark Hunters who first saw the shark.

The sighting occurred a few miles from Chatham inlet.

The sighting, at a quiet, unpopulated beach, did not prompt any beach closings, said Dan Tobin, the director of Chatham’s Parks Department.

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Tobin said the sighting was the first recorded of the year by the Parks Department, although three tagged sharks were detected in the same area last week.

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com. Follow himon Twitter @Jasper_Craven. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com. Follow himon Twitter @Jasper_Craven. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.