Town expects sharks to stick around

The shark watch continues off Plymouth’s coast as the beaches will be closed to swimming for the foreseeable future, according to Marine and Environmental Affairs Director David Gould.

While great white sharks have only been spotted off Manomet in the past few days, the expectation is that they’re going to be part of the seascape for a while. This is kind of the new reality,” Gould said.

Gould said the town is planning on putting up permanent, educational, signs about sharks at all town beaches, including some of the lesser frequented ones. Similar signs are already posted in Chatham. Brochures from Chatham about shark safety, are available at his office, as well as the Harbormaster and Town Manager.

Since a shark attacked a kayak off White Horse Beach Wednesday, there have been no more sightings, Gould said. That doesn’t mean they aren’t out there and there’s probably more than one. He doubts it’s the same shark that appeared off Duxbury last week. “It’s hard to believe it’s just one,” he said.

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