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That was no shark at Seabrook: It was a sunfish
The dorsal fin spotted by several swimmers and reported to the Seabrook Police Department turned out to be a sunfish, animal control officer Jeffrey Baillargeon said.
A resident went out in his boat after the call came in around 9 a.m., and drove around it three times to make sure it was a sunfish, and not a shark.
"If you plug in sunfish in your computer, it shows you this ugly thing and one huge fin on the back side of it that sits up like a dorsal fin," Baillargeon said. "But they definitely saw something out there and it's one of those things you don't know until you find out exactly what it is."
He spent nearly two hours at the beach to make sure it was safe and no fish or shark surfaced. The beach was not closed as a result of the possible sighting.
Baillargeon said with Shark Week programming all over the television right now, people might be on heightened alert.
"They watch TV and they get scared to death the minute they see something and then again, you never know what's in the water down there, so dealing with a little caution is not a bad thing," Baillargeon said.
He has been the animal control officer in Seabrook since 1986 and said the only shark he has seen at the beach is a dead sandshark that washed up on shore.
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