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Lifeguards spot shark 5-10 yards off beach

The Cape’s busiest shark month is off to a hot start, as several great white shark sightings along the shore trigger temporary beach closures.

A pilot over Chatham on Tuesday saw a shark about 50 yards off the beach, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app.

“SHARK ALERT !!” tweeted MA Sharks, which is run by local shark expert John Chisholm, who confirms sightings for the Sharktivity app. “White shark spotted by pilot moving south along north beach island 50 yards offshore.”

Chatham has been a major hotspot for shark sightings in recent days and weeks.

Another shark sighting very close to shore on Tuesday shut down a Martha’s Vineyard beach.

“South Beach closed for 2 hours,” the Sharktivity app reads. “Lifeguards spotted a shark 5-10 yards off the beach.”

Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro was also closed to swimming for an hour following a shark sighting.

Some of the tagged sharks that were detected on Tuesday include the 11-foot male named Terp, the 11-foot male named Iceland, the 9-foot female named Ruby, and the 8-foot male named Granese.

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