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2 Truro beaches closed after shark spotted attacking seal

A shark was spotted attacking a seal about 70 feet from the shore in Truro Thursday morning.
A shark was spotted attacking a seal about 70 feet from the shore in Truro Thursday morning.David Owens/Hartford Courant

Two Truro beaches closed Thursday morning after a shark was spotted attacking a seal around 10:30 a.m., the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said.

Coast Guard Beach and Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro were set to be closed for swimming until 12:35 p.m., the town of Truro said in a statement. Witnesses saw blood in the water Thursday morning, the conservancy said.

“[A] shark just took a seal about 70 feet off our beach. We are on Coast Guard Road in North Truro, just south of the town beach and Head of the Meadow. Witnesses saw the seal, a fin, and an eruption of blood,” said David Owens, who witnessed the attack.

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Researchers are now checking the area, Owens said.

“At first, we saw the fin of the shark. It started thrashing around, moving in circles and circles. Then we saw some more splashing of water, and then the blood started spreading out more,” said Christopher Adami-Sampson, who saw the shark.

The beach was also closed Wednesday after a shark sighting just before 11 a.m.


Alyssa Lukpat can be reached at alyssa.lukpat@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AlyssaLukpat.