Swimmers and paddlers are urged to be cautious

In the aftermath of the tragic shark attack off Bailey Island on July 27, 2020, we are advising swimmers and paddlers to use the utmost caution.

On July 31, 2020, the Maine Department of Marine Resources confirmed a credible great white shark sighting at Pond Island Ledges, off Bailey Island. Out of an abundance of caution, the Town of Harpswell advises that anyone swimming in Harpswell waters be extra cautious (consider wading to ankle-depth only) and that kayakers and paddlers avoid recreating in this area and use extreme caution in the waters of Harpswell.

What you can do

  • Stay in shallow water
  • Avoid schools of fish and seals. Not sure how to recognize a school of fish? Click here for more information.
  • Do not swim alone.
  • Avoid swimming at dusk and dawn.
  • Wear a brightly colored bathing suit.

To learn more, click here for a series of press releases issued by the Department of Marine Resources.

Please report any shark sightings to the Marine Patrol. Click here for contact information.