Cape Cod, MA (WHDH) - Officials have issued a warning after great white shark sightings off the coast of Cape Cod.

Chatham, Massachusetts town leaders have told beachgoers and swimmers to steer clear of seals because they are the preferred meals of great whites.

"Well we were here last year too and there was activity at that time too. And there were a lot of seals out there. We saw a couple sharks," said Bev Pacak.

Beaches in Chatham remain open and many aren't shying away from the water, but the harbor master has told everyone to stay at least 300 feet from the seals.

"There's a hundred seals right there but now I think the tide's out a little bit. This is the place for seals," said Paul Cussom.

The State Division of Marine Fisheries says in the last week there have been several credible great white shark sightings off the coast of Chatham near Monomoy Island and the North Beach inlets.

They've also found dead seals clearly killed by great whites.

"When the water's right and to their liking, they remember where they had a good meal and they come back," said John Chisholm of the Division of Marine Fisheries.

Many at Lighthouse Beach were hoping to spot a shark, but only from far away.

"Definitely be out of the water instantly if I saw that," one woman said.

The warning for swimmers to stay away from seals will likely last the entire summer.

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