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Aerial Footage Shows 10ft Shark Swimming Near Beach In Cape Cod

Aerial Footage Shows 10ft Shark Swimming Near Beach In Cape Cod

Aerial footage shows a 10ft great white shark swimming just metres away from a popular beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with local authorities warning people to stay away from the water.

The clip was recorded from a helicopter by Massachusetts Police, who then shared the video on Facebook.

The force said two sharks had been spotted in the waters at Newcomb Hollow Beach, Wellfleet, around 50 yards offshore.

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Beachgoers had thankfully already been warned to stay clear of the sea when police caught the large predator on film on Saturday afternoon (1 August).

The Faceboook post said: "The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing provides an important service every summer in helping patrol the waters off Cape Cod beaches for great white sharks in the vicinity of swimmers.

"On Saturday, in the early afternoon, the crew of MSP helicopter Air 4 observed two great whites about 50 yards offshore at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet.

"The flight crew advised local police of the location of the two sharks.

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Credit: Massachusetts State Police
Credit: Massachusetts State Police

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"Swimmers were already out of the water because of an earlier sighting that morning, but based on MSP Air 4's additional confirmed sightings, the order to stay out of the water was extended.

"This video, taken by Air 4, shows one of the great whites, estimated to be about 10 feet long."

The video soon went viral, racking up 1,200 reactions and hundreds of comments.

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Many social media users were understandably spooked, with one writing: "OK maybe we stay out of the water next week."

Stock image of great white shark. Credit: PA
Stock image of great white shark. Credit: PA

A second person, who had apparently been nearby, added: "That's why I was not going in too far today!"

Others pointed out that sharks are regularly seen in the waters of Cape Cod, and couldn't seem to understand why a 10ft great white is at all unnerving.

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Responding to one of the unperturbed, a woman said: "They do live there but it's not like seeing a duck in a pond. People don't get to see them everyday. You sound like you see sharks everyday?"

I mean, I hope for their sake that they do not.

Featured Image Credit: Massachusetts State Police

Topics: Sharks, News, US News, Animals

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]