AT least 10 great white sharks have been spotted lurking off the US coast in two days, forcing beaches to close.
Several terrifying great whites were seen on the Sharktivity Map’s sonar system this weekend swimming only yards from Massachusetts beaches.
Many of the beasts were identifiable sharks on the system, which has tagged several of the predators who arrive in US waters during the summer months.
The huge great white known as Terp was caught swimming around a buoy off the shore of the Cape on Saturday.
The shark named Scarface was also detected at this buoy on Friday.
At least five more sharks were seen at the buoy on Friday.
And at least six sharks have been spotted at a buoy near the seashore in the past few days.
Another seven were seen near Providence town.
On August 5, a White shark was seen moving offshore a mile outside the south inlet to Chatham harbor, and another was spotted outside the same inlet.
That same day, another white shark was spotted by a pilot moving northwest along North Beach Island, 50 yards offshore, and one more was seen moving sporadically on the surface half a mile off the island.
Two additional sharks were spotted 150 yards offshore on August 6. Another two were stopped the same day 150 yards offshore.
Another was stopped south on August 6.
“Harding’s Beach is closed to swimming until 4 p.m. today after a number of Man O’War came ashore” the town of Catham Massachusetts tweeted on Saturday.
The explosion of sightings off Cape Cod comes just days after 23 sharks were spotted on July 30 and 31.
Meanwhile, a 13-foot great white, named Breton, was spotted 60 miles offshore near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on August 2.
Researchers at OCEARCH said the behemoth weighs more than 1,400 pounds.
Tracking data shows that Breton spent earlier this year lurking off the coast of Florida – which is known as the so-called shark capital of the world.
OCEARCH experts have described Breton as an “anomaly”
They said: “This is the latest we’ve seen one of our white sharks stay this far south in the Western North Atlantic.”
SPATE OF ATTACKS
Shocking data has revealed that there have been at least 30 maulings across the US so far this year and experts fear the figure could rise.
Florida is notorious for shark attacks and there have been at least 18 this year, according to Tracking Sharks.
Bryan Olivares, 33, was mauled while jumping in the waves with his family on Daytona Beach on July 25.
He was left with a punctured artery and a sliced tendon following the savage attack.
Fischer Hricko, 13, was attacked while lobstering in the Florida Keys with his family on July 28.
He was mauled by a nurse shark – a species that aren’t usually notorious for carrying out savage attacks.
They usually swim away when they are approached by divers.
And, a man was savagely attacked while in the water off Jacksonville Beach on July 30.
Witness Nadya Hicks, 16, paddled out to the man and offered him the opportunity to grab onto her surfboard.
She told CBS that she saw flesh and a puncture from the man’s foot.
LONG ISLAND ATTACKS
Six shark attacks were reported within a two-week period off the coast of Long Island earlier this summer amid the spate of maulings.
The first was on June 30, when a man in his 50s was bitten on the right foot while swimming in Jones Beach in Nassau County’s Long Island.
Shawn Donnelly, 41, was knocked off his surfboard when a sand tiger shark attacked off the coast of Smith Point Beach on July 13.
He was left with a four-inch gash wound to the leg.
Donnelly revealed that he punched the shark to fend off the beast.
He told NBC New York: “It got my left calf and knocked me off my board… when I was falling off my board, I saw the fin and its back.”
A 49-year-old tourist from Arizona was attacked by a shark at Seaview Beach on the same day.
Police said the “shark came up from behind and bit him on the left wrist and buttocks.”
John Mullins, 17, who was participating in lifeguard training, was attacked by a shark on July 7.
Lifeguard Zach Gallo, 33, was also bitten while he was doing training exercises at Smith Point Beach on July 3.
Last month, a great white shark carcass washed up on a beach in Quogue Village. It was 7- to 8-foot long.
Just this week, a 9-foot sand tiger shark washed up along the US coastline.