• Blog: Shark activity in and around Massachusetts


    Beach season is back in Massachusetts and with it, shark sightings. 

    Shark sightings became near-daily occurrences in 2018. After a 26-year-old man was killed - the state's first deadly incident in over 80 years - officials spent the offseason finding ways to make beaches safer. 

    The Executive Office of Public Safety announced that $383,000 was being allocated to help buy emergency call boxes in areas where cell service is limited, satellite phones for lifeguards, and all-terrain vehicles that can more quickly reach patients on the beach with specialized medical equipment.

    Officials in Orleans teamed up with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) for the "Stop the Bleed" program which provides the local community with a training course to combat shark bites.

    In Marshfield, the harbormaster deployed shark-detecting buoys near the town's busiest beaches to gather data on shark movement.

    >> Learn more: The complete guide to shark season in New England

    Here are the confirmed shark sightings so far this year:

    Sunday, July 14, 4:30 p.m.: Another shark sighting in Truro closes Longnook Beach for an hour. It is the third Truro beach to be shut down temporarily due to sharks in one weekend.  

    Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m.: Shark sightings close two Truro beaches and a third in Orleans. Atlantic White Shark Conservancy identifies the sharks as White sharks. 

    Tuesday, July 2, 12:20 p.m.: White shark spotted 40 yards off Wellfleet.

    Monday, July 1: White shark seen swimming about 50 yards offshore of Nauset Beach. 

    Saturday, June 29: Shark seen feeding on a seal off Truro. 

    Friday, June 28: Confirmed white shark sighting off Chatham.

    Monday, June 24: Confirmed white shark sighting in Cape Cod Bay. 

    Saturday, June 22: White shark seen attacking a seal off Monomoy.

    >> Want to learn more about sharks: Chatham Shark Center researching, tagging and teaching all about sharks

    Make sure to download the Boston 25 News app for alerts on shark sightings, attacks, and beach closures. Available on iOS and Android devices.

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