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Duxbury, Massachusetts (CBS) -- A great white shark spotted off the beach in Duxbury, Mass., on Monday cued lots of references to the movie "Jaws."

Swimmers were ordered out of the water at a Duxbury beach Monday after a large shark was spotted just before 1 p.m.

A helicopter from the Massachusetts State Police spotted a shark approximately 75 to 100 yards off the coast in Duxbury, and the troopers contacted police and the harbormaster, the agency said. There were many people in the water on the Duxbury Beach.

State police later confirmed the shark, which was approximately 12 to 15 feet long, was a great white. The state police helicopter continued to monitor the shark as it headed south into deeper water.

As more boats approached the area the shark was spotted in, the shark continued swimming southeast into deeper water, according to the state police.

The beach was closed to swimmers for about two hours.

This was the third shark siting in recent days, according to the Patriot Ledger.

The legendary movie, released in 1975, that made sharks movie stars was filed in nearby Falmouth and on Marth's Vineyard.


A great white shark clears the beach in Duxbury, Mass.

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