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Friday, August 27, 2010

Massachusetts Pranksters Hoax Great White

There have been several reports of sharks off the Massachusetts coast this summer, including one incident in which a shark made its way into Chatham's harbor. In some cases, entire beaches have been closed even though there have been no attacks as of yet.

However, police say this week's sighting off Somerset, in Fox Hill Cove, which lit-up the 911 operators' boards was actually a prank. Someone cut a fin out of Styrofoam, then wrapped it in Duct tape, and weighted it down. Police do not know who was responsible for the hoax, but say it could have caused real problems, had a real emergency occurred while experts were dealing with this prank.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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