Shark bites paddleboard off Cape Cod beach

Massachusetts officials are considering a proposal to protect the state's beaches from sharks after a shark bit into a paddle board off the coast of Wellfleet and, in a separate incident, a shark attacked a seal off the coast of Nauset Beach.
2:19 | 08/24/17

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There are new questions about how beach towns are protecting their shores after images like this, sharks hunting fish near the Hamptons and there's been a recent surge in sightings at cape cod with one politician recommending dramatic action. ABC's Eva pilgrim is here with the story. Reporter: It's not that anyone wants to see in the water with them at the beach, that fin sticking out. Fatal shark attacks are rare but recent great white shark encounters have some wanting to take drastic measures to keep people safe. This morning, a controversial proposal in Massachusetts to protect packed end of summer beaches from sharks prompted in part by two close encounters just this week. Monday just feet from swimmers on this cape cod beach a great white shark was caught on tape attacking a seal. Listen as the beachgoers panic. Screaming running out of the water. I heard a lot of screaming and yelling. Then yesterday another shark. There's my board. There's the teeth. Reporter: Taking a bite out of this paddleboard at a beach a few miles away. The man unharmed by the shark. It actually launched him in the air and got right back up on his board and paddled to the shore. Reporter: Both beaches briefly closed but for some the encounters too close for comfort coming after a summer filmed with terrifying images of beachgoers getting uncomfortably close to the endangered predators. In may dozens of great whites surround a paddleboarder in California. Paddleboarding next T approximately 15 great white sharks. Reporter: In cape c@d a county official saying it is only a matter of time before someone's child is killed and proposing a controversial strategy to mitigate the threat. His plan, to toss baited drum lines near beach destinations using hooks to catch and kill them. The backlash, fierce. Experts saying the idea is ill-considered, incriminate and will not influence beach safety. Now, what freaks us out, scientists say sharks being in the area is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. They're there to feed, not on us but on the seals and in both of those cases in Massachusetts there were seals in the water nearby. That explains it. Thanks very much.

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