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Harbormaster: Sunfish, Not Shark Caused Beach Evacuation In Marshfield

MARSHFIELD (CBS) – Beaches in Marshfield were reopened after a shark sighting could not be confirmed Wednesday.

The beaches near Foster Avenue were cleared out after someone reported a fin thrashing above the water about 100 yards offshore.

The Marshfield Harbormaster tells WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong that he is confident the sighting off Sunrise Beach was a large sunfish and not a shark.

A boater spotted a large sunfish in the area after the beaches were evacuated.

Sunfish (Marshfield Harbormaster)

Sunfish (Marshfield Harbormaster)

Two days ago, swimmers were ordered out of the water at Duxbury Beach after a great white shark was found about 100 yards offshore.

No one was hurt.

Crews tracked the shark for more than an hour. Eventually, they lost sight of it as it appeared to head off to deeper water.

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