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Over 20 great white shark sightings reported off Cape Cod this week, forcing beach closures

FILE - A Great White Shark swims just off the Cape Cod National Sea Shore in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on July 15, 2022. (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images) BARNSTABLE, Mass. - More than 20 shark sightings have been confirmed off the coast of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod this week, resulting in several temporary beach closures in the area. Cape Cod has long been known as a hot spot for sharks on the East Coast, with July being a "prime time" for great white sharks, according to

Across the U.S. Northeast, shark activity along the beaches has surged amid a rising seal population and conservation efforts, among other factors.At least 21 confirmed shark sightings were reported over the last two days, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app.

The conservancy supports scientific shark research and helps to raise awareness of the presence of great white sharks off the coast with the app. A shark sighting close to shore on Tuesday shut down a beach on Martha’s Vineyard."South Beach closed for 2 hours," the Sharktivity app reads. "Lifeguards spotted a shark 5-10 yards off the beach."On Wednesday, a shark was spotted by a pilot about 50 yards from the shore of North Beach Island, according to the app.

There were four sightings near the south inlet of Chatham Harbor later in the afternoon, reported. FILE - Cape Cod National Seashore on Aug. 12, 2021, in Chatham, MA.

(Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) As of Friday, there were six different sharks that had been picked up by detection buoys in the ocean, according to the Sharktivity app. The tagged sharks that were detected have been given names like Ken, Iceland, Ruby, Granese Heath Ledger, and

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