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Shark sightings prompt multiple closures of 3 Cape beaches

A girl ran along the shoreline of Nauset Beach. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/File/Globe Staff

Nauset Beach in Orleans has reopened Wednesday afternoon after it was closed twice due to two great white shark sightings offshore, officials said.

Head of Meadow Beach and Coast Guard Beach in Truro were also closed Wednesday afternoon due to shark sightings, town officials said.

A shark was seen at 9:45 a.m. about 100 yards off the shore of Nauset Beach, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said. The beach was closed for an hour and reopened at 10:45 a.m., said Kelly, a clerk at Nauset Beach who declined to give her last name.

Less than two hours later, around 11:50 a.m., a second shark sighting was reported so the beach was closed again. The beach reopened at 12:50 p.m., officials said.

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Head of Meadow Beach in Truro was closed to swimming for two hours Wednesday after a great white shark was spotted at 2 p.m. and again at 3 p.m., the town of Truro said in an alert.

Coast Guard Beach was also closed as a result of the 3 p.m. shark sighting, according to the town of Truro’s website.

Both Truro beaches were expected to reopen at 4 p.m.


Globe Correspondent Maria Lovato contributed to this report. Alyssa Lukpat can be reached at alyssa.lukpat@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AlyssaLukpat.