WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) -- Lifeguards ordered Misquamicut beachgoers out of the water for more than an hour and a half Friday morning, concerned about a possible shark sighting.

People here say they're not used to it.

“We’ve been coming here 25 years, never seen fish jumping out of the water like that," said Amy Spellman of Manchester, CT. "So when I saw that, I got out right away.”

 But recent shark incidents on Cape Cod have put the possibility in the back of some people’s minds.

 “This year and the year before, it’s all of a sudden, sharks are here," said Meredith Mongeon, of Holden, MA. "And it’s kind of scary.”

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management initially believed it was a Mako shark, but after further examination, sent out an update late Friday afternoon that it was most likely an ocean sunfish.

Yet some beachgoers say they're not upset that they lost all little swimming time today, and say it’s always best to listen to lifeguards.

 “They’re not just telling you to get out of the water for no reason," said Andreas Enetzelis of Worcester. "Better safe than sorry.”

The DEM says it plans to use drones to better identify sharks in the area, but says for now the water is safe for people to enjoy.


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