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Sharks in the water temporarily close five Cape Cod beaches

This is the fourth day in a row sharks were spotted or detected at Newcomb Hollow and Nauset beaches, according to a Globe tally. Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images

Shark sightings on Friday temporarily closed five Cape Cod beaches: Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Nauset Beach in Orleans, Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, and Coast Guard Beach in Truro, officials said.

Two sharks were at Newcomb Hollow Beach at 9:15 a.m., said Suzanne Thomas, a Wellfleet beach administrator. The beach was closed for an hour and reopened at 10:15 a.m.

Newcomb Hollow was closed again for an hour at 1:15 after a shark sighting, Thomas said.

“All four lifeguards spotted a great white 20 to 30 yards off shore,” Thomas said.

The Nauset Beach shark was spotted at 10:15 a.m., which forced the beach to close for one hour, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app.

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“The town of Orleans would like to report a confirmed sighting of a great white shark by the spotter plane at Nauset Public Beach. The shark was reported to be 60 yards off shore . . . traveling north,” the app said.

Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro was also closed to swimming for an hour after two great white sharks were spotted at 2:45 p.m., the town of Truro said in an alert.

A shark was spotted at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham at 2:59 p.m., so the beach was shut for an hour, the app said.

Coast Guard Beach in Truro was closed until 4:30 p.m. following a shark sighting, the town said in an alert.

This was the fourth day in a row that sharks were detected at Newcomb Hollow and Nauset beaches, according to a Globe tally. There have been at least 48 beach closures due to shark reports on Cape Cod and the Islands since Aug. 1.


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

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