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Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet closed for 10th time this month after shark detected

This is the 66th time sharks forced swimmers out of the water on Cape Cod and the Islands this month, according to a Globe tally.

Shark sightings force closures at four Cape Cod beaches

Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet was shut for an hour Monday morning after a great white shark was detected in the water, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said.

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

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.

Ballston Beach in Truro.

Shark sighting closes Ballston Beach in Truro

Ballston Beach in Truro was closed Monday morning after a shark was spotted in the waters.

A great white shark swims off the shore of Cape Cod, Massachusetts on July 13, 2019. - On July 13 and 14 five great whites were spotted off Cape Cod, forcing three beaches to be briefly evacuated, the Atlantic White Shark Conservation Society reported. (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY

Shark sightings closed Nauset Beach in Orleans twice Friday; Wellfleet beach also closed

Nauset Beach in Orleans was closed Friday morning for the fourth time since Wednesday after a great white shark was spotted attacking a seal, officials said.

Nauset Beach in Orleans, Newcomb Hollow in Wellfleet closed after shark sightings

Nauset Beach in Orleans and Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet were both closed Thursday due to shark sightings.

A girl ran along the shoreline of Nauset Beach.

Shark sightings prompt multiple closures of 3 Cape beaches

Nauset Beach reopened at 12:50 p.m, and Head of Meadow Beach and Coast Guard Beach are set to reopen at 4 p.m. after being closed Wednesday because of shark sightings.

Entangled minke whale freed from fishing gear off Cape Ann while shark lurked nearby

As rescuers worked to free the 18-foot whale Thursday, a great white shark started circling the whale.

Kennebunkport officials cautioned Goose Rocks beachgoers about the alleged shark sighting, but did not close the beach, pictured here.

Great white shark spotted a mile off shore in Kennebunkport, Maine, harbormaster says

Kennebunkport, Maine police posted that a harbormaster saw what he thought was a great white shark a mile off the shore of Goose Rocks Beach on Thursday morning.

A shark was spotted attacking a seal about 70 feet from the shore in Truro Thursday morning.

2 Truro beaches closed after shark spotted attacking seal

Two Truro beaches closed Thursday morning after a shark was spotted attacking a seal around 10:30 a.m.

Pocket-sized shark squirts glowing clouds from pockets

Researchers from around the Gulf and in New York have named the species the American pocket shark, or Mollisquama (mah-lihs-KWAH-muh) mississippiensis (MISS-ih-sip-ee-EHN-sis).

Shark sightings shut down Cape Cod beaches

Two Cape Cod beaches were closed for swimming Saturday afternoon due to shark sightings, officials said.

A basking shark.

Video shows huge shark swimming off coast of Martha’s Vineyard

“It seemed like it was sizing us up,” said Amanda Currell, 25.

Great white sharks have been regular visitors to the waters surrounding Cape Cod in recent years.

13-foot great white spotted eating a seal 5 miles off Cape Cod coast

Two other sharks also were spotted near the Cape coast. “They’re always down there,” Chatham’s harbormaster said. “Wherever the seals are that’s where the sharks are.”

American woman dies after being attacked by 3 sharks in the Bahamas

The 21-year-old California woman was snorkeling with her family when the attack happened. Her parents saw the sharks and yelled a warning, but she didn’t hear them in time.

Manchester-by-the-Sea officials say ‘large shark’ spotted offshore

Officials in Manchester-by-the-Sea have issued a public warning after a “large shark” was spotted a short distance from shore, according to a statement issued Thursday.

Shark warning signs were posted Sunday in the Ka’anapali Beach Park area on Maui, Hawaii, where ta man died a day earlier.

Victim killed by shark in Hawaii was California man, 65

A California man who died after being attacked by a shark while swimming in Hawaii was pulled ashore missing a leg, according to a witness.

A shark was sighted off Truro in Cape Cod in August of last year.

Money raised for shark-detecting system returned to donors

Organizers of an effort to raise money to buy a pair shark-detecting sonar buoys to deploy off Cape Cod say they will return money already raised because it’s too late to install them this year.

FILE - This Oct. 29, 2015, file photo shows signs warning of a shark sighting, which was posted at Makaha Beach Park in Waianae, Hawaii. University of Florida researchers say far fewer shark bites were reported worldwide last year. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Significant drop in shark bites reported worldwide in 2018

One expert said beachgoers need to learn about shark behavior in areas such as Cape Cod, where great white sharks have followed a rebounding seal population.

Shark researcher Ocean Ramsey swam with the large great white shark off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

Photos: Researchers have close encounter with a huge great white

Two shark researchers came face-to-face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded.

Doo doo doo doo doo doo: ‘Baby Shark’ is (still) a full-on craze

In the wise words of James Corden, there comes along a song every so often that defines a generation. (Doo doo doo doo doo doo.)

The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland, is near the location of two shark attacks this week.

Girl critical after second shark attack on Australian isle

A girl was attacked by a shark at the same Great Barrier Reef island in Australia on Thursday as a woman who was mauled a day earlier.

Arthur Medici.

Revere man mourned following fatal Cape Cod shark attack

Arthur Medici of Revere was remembered as a person full of love who was like an older brother.

Shark attack victim William Lytton spoke Tuesday at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where he is being treated.

Cape Cod shark attack victim says he escaped by punching the predator in the gills

William Lytton, who is now at Spaulding Rehab, spoke out for the first time since the Aug. 15 incident.

Swimmers at Long Nook Beach in Truro where William Lytton was bit by a shark earlier this month.

Cape Cod shark attack victim released from hospital

The man bitten by a shark off Cape Cod in Massachusetts this month has been released from the hospital.

A flag warned beachgoeser of sharks at Nauset Beach last month.

Two beaches on Cape Cod closed due to shark sightings

Waters at Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro were closed to swimmers after lifeguards saw a shark jump out of the water. Nauset Beach in Orleans was also closed.

A shark warning sign at Long Nook Beach in Truro, as pictured earlier this month.

Great white shark reportedly spotted in Buzzards Bay on Sunday

An expert from the New England Aquarium confirmed that a creature that was apparently caught on camera lurking in Buzzards Bay on Sunday is a great white shark.

A sign warned visitors to Long Nook Beach of recent shark sightings.

Too close for comfort: Shark chases seal 10 feet off Cape beach

Head of the Meadow beach in Truro was closed to swimmers Friday after a shark was spotted chasing a seal just 10 feet away from the shore.

A man is transferred from a Truro ambulance to a MedFlight helicopter after being attacked by a shark, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in South Wellfleet, Mass. A man swimming off Cape Cod was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the first shark attack on a human on the popular summer tourist destination since 2012. (Merrily Cassidy

N.Y. victim of shark bite in Truro upgraded to fair condition

Longnook Beach remained closed for swimming Saturday because of “recent shark activity.”

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Cape Cod beach closed to swimming until further notice after man attacked by shark

Longnook Beach in Truro will be closed to swimmers “due to continued shark activity,” officials said Friday night.

Cape Cod beach closed for second day in a row after shark sighting

The sharks along the Cape’s coast seem to be swimming offshore on a timely schedule — a shark was spotted around the same time yesterday at the same beach.

San Antonio Aquarium recovers shark stolen in baby stroller

Two men have confessed to snatching a small shark from a Texas aquarium’s interactive touch tank, then whisking it away, wrapping it in a blanket and concealing it in a baby stroller, police say.

Shark smuggled out of San Antonio Aquarium in baby stroller is recovered

Investigators say they’ve obtained confessions from two men involved in the theft, and that the home where they found the shark was full of marine animals.

Some said the social media posts by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, showing the dead white shark, were in poor taste.

‘This isn’t a toy!’ Anger greets photos of dead shark hung by its tail in Scituate

Some animal lovers said they were offended or horrified when they saw photos of a dead white shark posted on social media platforms on Saturday.

A sign warns beach goers of the presence of great white sharks at Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, MA. Every year, more and more great whites are spotted off the coast of Cape Cod due to the increasing seal population. 08/14/15 Julia Cumes for the Boston Globe

In a dramatic scene, shark kills seal only feet from beach-goers in Nauset

Swimmers and surfers at Nauset Beach hurried to dry land after a great white shark was seen eating a seal close to the shore Friday afternoon.

One of the thresher sharks found on Cape Cod last week.

Fourth frozen shark found near Cape Cod shore

A shark conservation group says a fourth thresher shark has been found frozen off the coast of Cape Cod.

Off Cape Cod, OCEARCH researchers tag Mary Lee, a Great White Shark.

Tracker on Twitter shark ‘Mary Lee’ falls silent in Atlantic

Founding chairman Chris Fischer and his crew caught and tagged the 16-foot shark off Massachusetts in 2012.

Ancient shark with a snake head and 300 teeth is why we should just say nope to the ocean

Maybe it’s time we Homo sapiens re-evaluated our relationship with the oceans of the world.

This undated photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a great white shark encountered off the coast of Massachusetts. (AP Photo/NOAA, Greg Skomal)

Great white sharks move farther, deeper into Atlantic than previously thought

A new study found that they swim thousands of miles into the Atlantic and dive hundreds of meters for reasons still unknown, researchers said.

Dorsal fin sighting forces 3 beach closures in Westport

Three beaches in Westport are closed until further notice on Labor Day after two fishermen reported seeing a large dorsal fin near Gooseberry Island.

This porbeagle shark washed up on Revere Beach dead Friday morning.

Dead shark washes up on Revere Beach

Here’s something you probably don’t expect to see on your morning walk on Revere Beach: the body of a 6 ½-foot-long shark.

A shark advisory at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet on Thursday.

More shark sightings are reported off Cape Cod

A shark was spotted at Provincetown’s Race Point Beach Thursday, forcing swimmers out of the water around 1:15 p.m.

A great white shark swam close to the Cape Cod shore in Chatham, Mass.

Researchers are biting back on a proposal to kill sharks off Cape Cod

The proposal would involve using baited drum lines with hooks to snag the sharks. If a shark didn’t die on a hook, officials could shoot the predator.

According to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a shark bit into a standup paddleboard around 10 a.m.

Great white shark bites paddleboard off Wellfleet beach

Authorities believe it was a juvenile great white shark that tried to make a meal out of Cleveland Bigelow III’s paddleboard.

Swimmers at Plymouth beach cautioned after shark sighting

Beachgoers in Plymouth were cautioned about going in the water after a great white shark attacked a fishing line on a charter vessel Sunday morning, the harbor master’s office said.

Great white shark launches out of Cape Cod waters, steals fisherman’s catch

Hap Farrell, captain of the Stunmai II, was lucky enough to catch the wild theft on camera.

Books folder of Merlin as 17Word1. caption: A barely functional shark in Cow Bay on Martha's Vineyard during the filming of


A celebration of shark stamps on the Vineyard

Anew series of stamps featuring pictures of sharks are coming.

Beaches are closed in Chatham after shark attacks a seal

A shark was spotted off the coast of Chatham after it bit a seal around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

A sandbar shark in the shallows off Nantucket.

Brown shark bites Falmouth fisherman

After reeling in the approximately six-foot-long shark, the man was about to take a photo with his catch when the shark bit the man’s right foot.

Watch this shark in the waters off the Cape get close to the camera — a little too close

Want to see an extreme close-up of a shark’s mouth?