Cape Cod beaches experience closures after spike in shark sightings

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Seven sharks have been detected around a single buoy near North Beach Island.

Massachusetts beachgoers must find a new way to sunbathe as shark sightings increase around Cape Town and the islands, prompting beach closures.

Someone must have said local aquatic life this weekend is the end of the famous shark-themed TV show Shark Week, as Cape Cod beaches saw an increase in shark activity on Saturday, including seven great white sharks detected near a single buoy.

Shark movement data was recorded and made available to the public on the Sharktivity shark tracking app, created by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

Sharktivity recorded a 2 p.m. sighting of a great white shark seen about 20 yards from North Beach Island according to the app. A different shark was recorded near the same beach at 1:10 p.m.

Between 5:20 a.m. and 1:05 p.m., seven sharks were spotted on a buoy near North Beach Island.

A Twitter user posted images of the app with the message that his app Sharktivitiy was “going crazy”. Some of the shark names spotted included Snoop Dogg, Mr. Spot Claw and Camden.

Another Twitter user posted his alert screen from the app, where square blue shark fin icons indicate a confirmed white shark sighting, alongside a Shark Week hashtag.

This increase in shark activity caused beach closures on Saturday, including Ladies Beach according to a Tweet from the Nantucket Harbormaster.



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