RYE, N.H. — A New Hampshire beach has been reopened to swimming after authorities couldn’t confirm a report of two sharks spotted in Rye.

Swimmers were called out of the water at Wallis Sands Beach in Rye on Monday afternoon. The beach was reopened today.

Park officials were trying to determine what type of sharks were spotted by a man, who ran out the water yelling near Pirates Cove. He told a life guard he saw two sharks, each about 6 feet long. The life guard said he also saw something suspicious in the water.

Authorities said they couldn’t confirm the report. A Marine Patrol boat made some sweeps around the area of the sighting, but found nothing.

If the man had spotted sharks, they were most likely blue sharks, which are strictly fish eaters, Tony LaCasse, a spokesman for the New England Aquarium in Boston, told the Portsmouth Herald. So beachgoers would have been in little to no danger.

“There are literally hundreds of blue sharks up and down the New Hampshire and Maine coast line this time of year,” LaCasse said.


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