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(Update) Marshfield shark scare prompts beach evacuation Wednesday

A Marshfield shark sighting Wednesday turned out to be a sunfish, though it still managed to startle beachgoers after police ordered swimmers to evacuate the water.

The fin of a shark breaks the surface near the 'Miracla' beach, 20 August 2007, in Tarragona city. Biologists of the Barcelona Aquarium have un successfully tried to capture the animal, a Mediterranean grey nurse shark, which is considered as harmless for humans, usually feeding on fish. AFP PHOTO/LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images) The fin of a shark breaks the surface near the 'Miracla' beach, 20 August 2007, in Tarragona city. Biologists of the Barcelona Aquarium have un successfully tried to capture the animal, a Mediterranean grey nurse shark, which is considered as harmless for humans, usually feeding on fish. AFP PHOTO/LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

A Marshfield shark sighting Wednesday turned out to be a sunfish, though it still managed to startle beachgoers after police ordered swimmers to evacuate the water.

WBZ reported that the creature was spotted about 100 yards from beaches near Foster Avenue.

State Police were sending a helicopter to the area to assist in the search. Marshfield Police Chief Phillip Tavares told The Boston Globe that the department received several reports of a shark thrashing in the water. The creature was estimated to be about 12 feet long.

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On Monday, swimmers were evacuated after a Great White was spotted off the coast of Duxbury. State police tracked the shark for about an hour before losing it in deeper waters. There were no injuries reported.

Some poked joked about the incident, even referencing the iconic shark thriller "Jaws," which was shot off the Massachusetts coast.

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Others seemed unfazed.

Nicholas Huba responded to media coverage on Twitter, saying, "Is it news if sharks are in the water?"

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