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Chatham, MA - August 11: Shark warning signs at Lighthouse Beach on August 11, 2021 in , Chatham, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

It is officially shark sighting season on these Massachusetts Beaches! The weather and water are getting warmer and people are starting to run toward the beach. This allows for more shark sightings and God forbid, more shark attacks.

In fact, a whale-watching cruise out of Provincetown officially captured the first shark sighting of the season 30 miles from Boston Harbor on Sunday. With this first shark sighting, experts are now warning people this is the time to start looking out for sharks when you’re visiting beaches. 

There are ways you can actually track shark sightings. One being a company called The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. There’s also an app called “Sharktivity” where people can report actual shark sightings. You can see how many sightings there have been in the past month, past week and past year. Before we warn you of the beaches where you’re more likely to get attacked by a shark, let’s look at how you can avoid it all together. 

Stay close to shore. Play in the water in larger groups. Limit your splashing. Don’t swim near schools of fish or seals. As long as you adhere to these “rules” of the water, your chances of being attacked by a shark go way down.

Shark sightings typically occur from mid-May into October when sharks visit the shorelines looking for food, aka seals. Chances of getting killed by a shark are very low although there have been two people killed since 2018. There have been more shark bites however which can lead to hospitalizations. 

So which beaches in Massachusetts are more prone to shark attacks? We’ve taken a look at analysis over the past 5 years and put together this list of the most shark infested beaches in the state. If you dare take a trip to any of these this summer, take extra precautions. Enjoy!

  • North Truro High Head Beach

    In 2019 there were 5 shark sightings here. It is consistently a popular beach for sharks to be seen although the amount of actual sharks seen here is quite low.

    High Head, Truro, Cape Cod | WeNeedaVacation.com

    Beach access is available on dirt road, free parking. ORV permits can be purchased in Provincetown from the National Park Service at Province Lands Visitor

  • Ballston Beach in Truro

    Ballston Beach reported some shark sightings back in 2019 and is consistently an area of the Cape that sharks are seen. There were 6 sightings in 2019.

    Ballston Beach in Truro to reopen after great white shark spotted Tuesday morning

    Ballston Beach in Truro had been closed for about an hour Monday after a Great White Shark was spotted in the water.

  • Marconi Beach in Wellfleet

    There were 7 shark sightings at Marconi Beach back in 2019 with more consistent sightings ever since.

    Shark sighting confirmed off Marconi Beach

    The shark was seen about 40 yards off Marconi Beach at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Long Nook Beach in Truro

    There were 8 shark sightings back in 2019 and you can continue monitoring shark activity by using the “Sharktivity” app.

    A Cape Cod beach was temporarily closed after police reported several white sharks near beachgoers | CNN

    Longnook Beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts is temporarily closed after the State Police Air Wing spots multiple white sharks swimming close to shore near beachgoers.

  • Coast Guard Beach Truro

    There were 10 shark sightings back in 2019. Consistent shark sightings have been seen here based on the “Sharktivity” app.

    A Cape Cod beach was temporarily closed after police reported several white sharks near beachgoers | CNN

    Longnook Beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts is temporarily closed after the State Police Air Wing spots multiple white sharks swimming close to shore near beachgoers.

  • Race Point Beach in Provincetown

    There were 12 sharks spotted here back in 2019. More were spotted as early as last year.

    Shark sighting: Race Point Beach temporarily closed to swimmers Friday

    The beach was closed Friday afternoon due to a shark sighting.

  • Aunt Lydias Cove Park

    There were 12 sharks spotted here in 2019.

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  • Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet

    There were 13 sightings here in 2019. This included footage from a man who had gotten killed.

  • Head of Meadow Beach in Truro

    There were 16 shark sightings here in 2019. This beach is consistently boasting sightings of sharks including this one from 2022.

    Cape shark sighting closes Head of the Meadow Beach to swimming

    A great white shark spotted at Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro has shut down the beach to swimming Tuesday afternoon.

  • Chatham Peninsula

    A whopping 27 sharks were spotted here in 2019.

    Shark Sightings off US State a Boon for Tourism

    Its reputation as a man-eating predator aside, the great white shark is emerging as a boon for tourism on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts peninsula popular among beach combers.

  • Nauset Beach in Orleans

    43 sharks were seen here in 2019! There were five seen in ONE day last year.

    5 shark sightings reported in one day off coast of popular Cape Cod beach

    The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity app reported the sightings that were spread out over a few miles.

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