DUXBURY, MASS. (WHDH) - A reported shark sighting prompted the temporary ban of swimming at Duxbury Beach on Tuesday morning.

Shark flags were flying at the beach following the reported sighting just before 7 a.m., according to Duxbury Beach Operations.

The harbormaster responded to the area after two women reported seeing a shark chasing after a seal near the shore.

“It’s a lot safer in the pool than it is down here,” a concerned resident said.

Officials say an growing seal population has led to an uptick in shark sightings in recent years.

The water was reopened for swimming a few hours later.

Beachgoers are being told to be safe and aware of their surroundings, and to not swim near seals.

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