A great white shark was spotted attacking an animal in the ocean off Orleans Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

A natural resources officer in Orleans saw a “white shark predation” around 2:09 p.m., according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app.

There was also a report of two sharks near Beach Point Beach in Truro Tuesday afternoon. The sharks were spotted off the beach at 510 Shore Road, according to an alert from the town of Truro at 3:36 p.m.

These are the first shark sightings reported on Cape Cod since Sunday, when sharks were seen or detected nine times in Chatham and Wellfleet, according to the conservancy.


Scores of beaches were temporarily closed this summer due to shark fears, according to a Globe tally, but fewer people are at beaches now that summer vacations are over and the warm weather is fading away.

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