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Beaches in Plymouth and Orleans reopened to swimmers after great white shark sightings Wednesday

The shark warning flag was flying in June at Nauset Beach.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

A beach in Plymouth is open again and swimmers are allowed back in the water at Nauset Beach in Orleans after great white sharks were spotted Wednesday morning, officials said.

A 10-foot-long great white shark was first reported near White Horse Beach in Plymouth at 11:45 a.m., according to a confirmed sighting on the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s shark sighting app.

The beach was closed while Plymouth’s harbormaster investigated the sighting, and it reopened around 3 p.m., officials said. The shark has not been seen again.

Swimming at Nauset Beach was prohibited until 10:34 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said. John Chisholm, a shark researcher who works closely with the Division of Marine Fisheries, said that shark has not been seen since it was first reported on the app at 9:42 a.m.


The person who reported that shark was on shore at the time, Chisholm said. Officials have not confirmed the size of the shark or how close it was to Nauset Beach.

While a woman was killed by a great white shark in Maine Monday, Chisholm said the chance of a shark attack remains low.

“We know there is still always a risk so we tell people to be aware of surroundings and to follow safety guidelines,” Chisholm said.

Two great white sharks also were spotted off Nauset Beach Tuesday afternoon, prohibiting swimming for several hours that day, officials said.

Caroline Enos can be reached at caroline.enos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @CarolineEnos.