Shark sighting closes Nauset Beach

Nauset Beach is closed after another shark sighting

Joins the Chatham Atlantic facing beaches to be closed

By Walter Brooks

Nauset Beach in Orleans is closed after a shark was spotted in the waters off the shore on Thursday according to the Orleans Police Department.

Boston TV stations report that Orleans' town officials closed the beach at 11 a.m. yesterday, and will reevaluate the situation every hour, and that a state Division of Marine of Fisheries boat is following the shark as it moves north up the coast.

"Chatham's beaches will remain closed through the fall."  - Daniel Tobin, Chatham Park and Recreation director.This latest beach closure comes on the heels of Chatham closing all east-facing beaches two days ago because of the high number of great white sharks spotted recently.

MSNBC reported yesterday that at least seven sharks have been spotted in all. Chatham closed east-facing ocean beaches and noted that state officials tracking tagged sharks are finding they are getting closer to the shore.

While Chatham is closing some of its beaches through the fall according to the town's park and recreation director, Orleans could open Nauset Beach for the Labor Day weekend.

According to state shark expert Greg Skomal, 10 white sharks have been tagged this summer.

The Chatham ban covers the town's barrier beaches from the Orleans town line on Nauset Beach south to the end of Chatham's South Beach and Monomoy Island.

However Chatham's beaches in the inner harbor, including Lighthouse Beach in front of the lighthouse and Andrew Harding's Beach just north of there in the inner harbor will remain open.

The town's beaches along Nantucket Sound like Ridgevale, Cockle Cove, Forest Street and Pleasant Street beaches are not included and all will remain open.

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