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Paddle Board Bitten by Shark off Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Beach Reopened

Paddle Board Bitten by Shark off Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Beach Reopened

Pat O'Brien, who was swimming with his 9-year-old daughter when the shark bit the seal, told the Boston Globe: "I was in the water with my daughter".

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

The shark bit the board during high tide and on calm seas.

The beach in Orleans, Massachusetts, was closed after the incident.

"It's a danger that's in the water", said Keith McFarland, South District supervisory lifeguard. "I'm sorry for the seal, though, of course", O'Brien added.

There was panic on a popular Cape Cod beach Monday after a shark attacked a seal just yards offshore.

NPS officials interview the paddle boarder.




The board was left with an imprint of the sharp-toothed fish's chompers in a chilling photo posted on Cape Cod National Seashore's Facebook page.

Beachgoers on Cape Cod were warned earlier this summer that a boom in shark activity could see as many as 150 Great Whites in the waters this year. Sharks would be caught on these barrels and killed.

"You didn't know if it was a seal or a human so it was kind of a heart stopping moment", Wade said.

Beaty said it's just a matter of time before someone gets hurt. "Great white sharks comprise about 30 percent of my daily work right now and I never, ever thought that would be a thing".

"For me to go near water again, it'll take some time", said Nisi Schlinger.

The state Division of Marine Fisheries and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy are investigating along with the national seashore.

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