WELLS — A reported shark sighting has created some excitement.

Wells police Sgt. Adam Shaw said local police cleared swimmers from the water Sunday afternoon as a precaution after the report of a shark near the Wells-Ogunquit town line.

One witness thought the shark might have been a basking shark, a plankton-eating shark thaIt is considered harmless to humans. It can reach nearly 30 feet in length. National Marine Fisheries Service photo

He says swimmers were allowed back in the water at 3:15 p.m. at Wells Beach and Drake’s Island.

Shaw says the initial report came from a paddleboarder who said the shark was as long or longer than his 12-foot board. A second report came from an individual who thought it was a harmless basking shark.

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