Sharks spotted in Cocoa Beach, causing beach closures

Sharks spotted in Cocoa Beach, causing beach closures

Sharp-eyed lifeguards spotted large sharks Sunday near the Cocoa Beach Pier and at Alan Shepard Park, triggering temporary beach closures for swimmers and surfers.

About 11 a.m., a lifeguard at the tower just south of the pier noticed a shark "frolicking near the shore," Brevard County Ocean Rescue Chief Eisen Witcher said.

Lifeguards shut down the surrounding beach for about an hour.

Then about noon, a large shark was seen off the 400-yard-long Shepard Park shoreline, Brevard County Ocean Rescue Capt. Matthew Scales said.

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