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Shark sightings force closures at four Cape Cod beaches

These sightings bring the total number of shark closures on the Cape and Islands this August to 63, according to a Globe tally.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Great white sharks forced hourlong closures Monday at four Cape Cod beaches: Newcomb Hollow and Marconi beaches in Wellfleet, Nauset Beach in Orleans, and Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, officials said.

A tagged shark was detected at Newcomb Hollow Beach at 9:07 a.m., according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app and Suzanne Thomas, a Wellfleet beach administrator. The shark “stuck around” after it was detected, so the beach was closed until 10:27 a.m., Thomas said.

Marconi Beach was shut for an hour after a shark was spotted at 10:30 a.m., Thomas said.

People onboard a boat and a plane at Nauset Beach spotted a shark three times between 12:45 and 1 p.m., said Brandon Burke, an Orleans beach director. The beach was scheduled to be closed for an hour unless another shark was seen or detected.

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Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro was closed for an hour at 2:30 p.m. following a shark sighting, the town of Truro said in an alert.

These sightings bring the total number of shark closures on the Cape and Islands this August to 63, according to a Globe tally.


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