DUXBURY, Mass. (NBC/WHDH AND MA STATE POLICE) — A great white shark was spotted off a Massachusetts beach, forcing lifeguards to order everyone out of the water. A helicopter from the Massachusetts State Police shot video of the shark swimming off the beach at Duxbury Monday afternoon.
The shark was far enough out that it couldn’t be seen from the beach. Lifeguards got word of the sighting and issued the order to clear the water around 2 p.m. To avoid panic, they didn’t tell swimmers why, but word soon got around.
And someone got the idea to send a message in the sand. It read, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” a reference to the famous line from the movie “Jaws.” About an hour after the last sighting of the shark, swimmers were allowed back in the water at 4 p.m.
The State Police helicopter spotted the shark while on routine patrol, right after one of the crew members said he wondered if they might find a shark while on patrol that day.