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Great white shark seen attacking seal at Provincetown beach

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (WPRI) -- Just one day after a man was bit by a shark off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts State Police saw a great white shark at Race Point Beach in Provincetown.

Troopers in a police helicopter saw the shark swimming around 30 yards from the shore and alerted beach-goers using the helicopter's P.A. system, urging them to leave the water.

The beach will be closed to swimmers until at least Friday afternoon. Just before state police captured the shark on camera, beach-goers saw the same shark feasting on a seal just 20 yards from shore.

The sighting comes one day after a man swimming off Long Nook Beach in Truro was attacked by a shark and airlifted to a nearby hospital with puncture wounds. It was the first shark attack since July 2012, when a Colorado man on nearby Ballston Beach suffered a bite that required 47 stitches.

This is not the first shark sighting this summer off Cape Cod. On Aug. 7, Marine Biologist Greg Skomal was at sea working on a multi-year study into the behavior of great white sharks when one lunged right up at him while he was on the bow of a research vessel.


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