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

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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.

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