Screaming tourists flee as 11ft great white shark swims right up to shore

A great white shark forced a beach to close after it swam right up to shore and left beachgoers in a state of hysterics.

A pair of girls running and screaming from a great white prowling just metres from the shore were shot down by a woman claiming "this isn’t sharknado."

Video footage shows the moment two beach goers spotted a 3m long great white shark swimming in the shallows of a Massachusetts beach in the US.

The huge predator skims beneath the waves before a dorsal fin breaks through the water, prompting frightened kids to scream and beg their mum for help.

A woman standing behind the camera is unimpressed with the killer carnivore however, saying: "It’s not coming on the sand, this isn’t Sharknado."

The footage was captured by Kay Marie at Outer Beach, an area which has seen an unusual rise in shark encounters over recent weeks.

The clip was uploaded on Monday to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Facebook page, where it has already racked up more than 700,000 hits.

Viewers were quick to draw comparisons to Steven Spielberg’s thriller – filmed in nearby Martha’s Vineyard.

"It’s terrifying to think this is the same waters Jaws the movie was filmed in," one posted.

Another added: "Truly horrifying – and not the first we’ve seen in Cape Cod recently."

And a third joked: "Sharknado? More like Jaws."

The footage comes just a day after a great white was spotted charging at a diver along the same stretch of water.

Earlier this month a 61-year-old man was savaged in another brutal shark encounter off Cape Cod, less than 25 miles from Outer Beach.

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William Lytton was swimming in about two metres of water off Longnook Beach on August 15 when a shark bit his left leg.

The New York neurologist claimed he punched the ocean animal in the gills, causing it to lurch away.

Beach goers helped to stem the bleeding when he made it to shore.

The upturn in shark activity has sparked warnings for swimmers.

Marine biologist Tom Hird said: “Avoid swimming in turbid or murky waters.

“Do not swim at the hours of dawn or dusk.

“Pay attention to the lifeguards on duty and any signs which may be displayed on the beach.”

In recent years great white shark sightings on the west coast of the US have become an increasingly regular occurence.

A study in Atlantic Ocean fisheries from 1975 to 2014 found after populations slumped in the 1990s, all but the blacknose shark from the Gulf of Mexico had surged in numbers.

Although it is impossible to track every shark in the ocean, marina research firm Ocearch shows real time tracking of turtles, seals and sharks.

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