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An Increasing Number Of Great White Sharks Lurking Off Cape Cod


An Increasing Number Of Great White Sharks Lurking Off Cape Cod

Great White SharkPhoto by Elias Levy

Great white sharks are discovered what tourists have known for years. Cape Cod is one of the best places to spend the summer. The Latest data observed over multiyear studies of the ocean creatures found that the number of sharks in the waters off the vacation haven appears to be on the rise, said Greg Skomal, a senior scientist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and the state’s top Shark expert.


But that’s not the reason of cancelling our vacation. The sharks are after seals, not humans, and towns are using the information from the study to keep it that way.

“Scientists issue dire warning about Cape Cod shark attacks “

Researchers using a plane and boats spotted 147 individual white sharks last summer. That was up slightly from 2015, but significantly more than the 80 individual sharks spotted in 2014, the first year of the study, funded by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

In june 2016, Skomal told National Geographic that a fatal shark attack in Cape Cod might only be matter of time. “It’s not if it’s when in terms of somebody being fatally attacked. We have got seals being eaten within 100 meters [330 feet] of surfers. 


Even before the sharks become feared as movie monsters, demand for their teeth and gills nearly caused the great white shark to be hunted to extinction. Since their numbers peaked in the early 1960s through the 1980s, the number of great whites in the North Atlantic Region saw a decline of 73 percent. As a result of which a law passed in 1997 which prevented them from being hunted, and today their numbers are about 30 percent down form their historic highs.

In 2014, two young women Kayaking off Plymouth were attacked, although neither was bitten. Nathan Sears, the natural resources manager in Orleans, said the study is invaluable and is already prompting changes in how the town manages its beaches. The town used to fly dangerous marine life flags – they have a picture of shark on them – only when they knew there was a shark in the area. Now , he said the fly the flag every day during the tourist season.

“The fact that they have an eye on the situation from the air is crucial,” he said. “and if they spot a shark in the swimming area, we’ll close the beach.”

According to The Cape Cod Times, Massachusetts has seen three unprovoked shark attacks since 1837.

George Burges, who directs the shark research program at the University of Florida and edits the online International Shark Attack File, told the Cape Cod Times both Sharks and their Prey are seeing population growth, and they’re moving back in to territory that had long been theirs.

“This is the time to be thinking about it, before you have that first big attack,” he said.

 Video by Christopher Seufert

How would the public react to a shark attack on Cape Cod?

“And when that happens in remote area the public don’t feel that much.




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