UPDATE 8/22: Bacteria closed Nauset Light Beach and Head of the Meadow Beach
Ranger tells beachgoers beach is closed due to bacteria
Beachgoers report seeing shark fins in the water
CapeCodToday.com received a call from a reader who told us a visit to Nauset Light Beach at the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham today was cut short when a ranger told beachgoers to get out of the water and that the beach was being closed due to bacteria levels. High levels of bacteria closed Marconi Beach in Wellfleet and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham at the beginning of the month.
But as our reader's party gathered their belongings, they claim to have seen a shark fin in the water. Most recently, a shark sighting was confirmed off Wellfleet on August 12.
According to Chief Ranger Leslie Reynolds, both Nauset Light Beach in Eastham and Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro were closed to swimming Tuesday due to unacceptable bacteria levels. Daily testing will continue according to Chief Reynolds and the earliest the beaches may reopen is midday Thursday if acceptable bacteria levels return.
Chief Reynolds confirmed the shark fin sighting as well. According to the chief, the lifeguard who reported the sighting 150 yards off Nauset Light Beach was confident it was a basking shark.