EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Lifeguards have whistled in swimmers off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard after beachgoers reported sightings of a shark only about 5 feet from shore.
Some suspected the animal spotted Wednesday close to the Massachusetts coast was a hammerhead shark, about 10-feet-long.READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
But John Chisholm, a state marine fisheries biologist, says he doubts that because it would be out of the ordinary for a hammerhead to swim so close to shore.
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Jessica McGroarty, parks administrator for Edgartown, says swimming was first suspended for about an hour and a half after a spotter pilot confirmed the presence of the shark.
After the water was reopened to swimmers, it was closed again for a half-hour following a second sighting.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
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