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Caution urged on local beaches

Local officials are asking beachgoers to keep their eyes open and exercise caution after a reported sighting earlier this month of what might have been a great white shark in waters off the Third Cliff/Peggotty Beach . The sighting came after a great white shark attacked a kayak in Plymouth. “We are strongly advising that people using beaches do so with awareness and caution,” states a posting last weekend on the town’s webpage. “Beach patrons choosing to swim do so at their own risk. If you choose to enter the water, do so cautiously and avoid going into the water beyond waist depth.” Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi said the notice went out “since our beaches aren’t lifeguarded after Labor Day. We wanted people to be aware. The sighting we had was fairly reliable since it was seen taking out a seal, and that’s pretty much what they do.”