Fin spotted in Weymouth startles swimmers
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -- Swimmers were ordered out of the water at Lane Beach in Weymouth Thursday after a possible shark sighting.
Just off the shoreline people saw a fin gliding across the top of the water in between the boats and too close to swimmers.
“We just got everyone on the beach as quickly as possible,” said Belinda Bechtold, who was teaching swimming lessons.
It wasn’t a shark, like many thought. It was an ocean sunfish, a rather friendly sea creature.
“It came pretty close to shore, right in between those two docks,” said a lifeguard.
People said with the fin was coming closer, they didn’t have time to think twice.
“20 feet off our starboard bow, huge fish jumped out of the water, huge splash and it was pretty aggressive,” said Jeff Perez, who saw the fin.
For many, it was hard to imagine a shark in that area, but with shark sightings off Cape Cod and Shark Week on television seeing a fin like that makes it easy to believe.
Officials said they analyzed video and could tell it was an ocean sunfish based on the movement of the fin.