According to the Cape Cod Times, a 15′ (4.5m) great white shark was spotted “chasing seals into shallow water” south of Nauset Beach in Orleans, Massachusetts on Sunday (July 11). Chatham Harbor Master Stuart Smith reported seeing the shark “chase seals into breaking surf, trap them against the shore and then attack them.” The sighting did not result in any beach closures in the area.
A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs encouraged potential beach-goers to be aware of the presence of the sharks and to avoid swimming in areas populated by seals. The spokesperson suggested not to change plans about going to beach as a result of the sighting and noted that white sharks have been sighted in the region for hundreds of years.
The Cape Cod Times reports that the last recorded fatal shark attack in Massachusetts was in 1936.
CapeCast interviewed beach-goers about the sighting, which can be seen in the video of above.