Beach shut down after shark bites paddleboard in 3 feet of water

Authorities in Massachusetts closed down a beach on the Cape Code National Shoreline after a paddleboard was bit by a shark.
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Authorities in Massachusetts closed down a beach on the Cape Code National Shoreline after a paddleboard was bit by a shark.

Credit: National Parks Service

Credit: National Parks Service

Lifeguards closed a Massachusetts beach on Wednesday morning after a shark bit a paddleboard about 30 yards offshore, the acting superintendent for the Cape Cod National Seashore said.

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A stand-up paddleboarder was in the waters off Marconi Beach in Wellfleet around 10:30 a.m. when a shark approached and bit the board. Kathy Tevyaw, acting superintendent for the Cape Cod National Seashore, said the paddleboarder was in about three feet of water at the time.

A National Park Service ranger said the water was not clear on Wednesday and that it's likely the shark didn't know what it was tasting.

"Any sort of shark, if they wanted to take a bite, could have ripped that paddleboard. But it didn't," the ranger told Boston25News.

The National Seashore ranger staff and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy are investigating.

The water was reopened to swimmers around noon, but officials with the Cape Cod National Seashore encouraged swimmers to stay close to shore.

The ranger said she thinks it's very likely that it was a great white shark, but that needs confirmation.

"It was probably a young shark," a lifeguard told Boston25News.

Officials say shark sightings seem to increase between August and October in the northern areas of Cape Cod.

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