The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said a juvenile thresher shark was spotted 10-15 feet off of East Beach in Charlestown on Saturday afternoon.
Swimmers were ordered to evacuate the water around 3:30 p.m. after the shark’s fin was spotted by lifeguards in the surf. The beach opened for swimming around 4:30 p.m.
Just in time to close out #SharkWeek🦈, a 6-ft juvenile thresher shark – one of the most common sharks found in RI’s coastal waters – caused a temp swimming closure at East Beach, Charlestown yesterday. A beach patron captured a video of it chasing baitfish near the shore. pic.twitter.com/jfzXuxqEe9
— Rhode Island Dept of Environmental Management (@RhodeIslandDEM) July 18, 2021
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