Great White Sharks Hang out off Cape Cod
The sharks of Cape Cod aren’t leaving anytime soon. Our vacations may be over but according to Dr Greg Skomal of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy August and September are active months for our Great Whites.
It’s been A busy August
With a cool spring Shark season took its time ramping up but August was a busy month.
- July 31: A Great White tried to snack on one of the research cameras.
- On August 10: Chatham beach goers watch a real life “Jaws” as a Great White chomped a seal in half in clear view of the beaches.
- August 11: Whale Watchers spotted 2 Great Whites feasting on a dead minke whale
- August 12 : A fisherman had his catch stolen by a shark. The video became an internet sensation
- August 21 A Shark enjoyed a seal lunch as beach goes looked on
- August 24 A shark tasted a paddle board off Marconi Beach.
Staying Safe with Great White Sharks
There are a few things you can do to stay safe with these apex predators in the water.
- Avoid swimming with the seals
- Swim or surf in groups
- Stay in Shallow water
- Don’t wear shiny jewelry
The good news is that even with this shark activity the beach going public remains fascinated by the sharks. The Polls and surveys show that public opinion is against the politician’s ill advised suggestion that the sharks be culled. According to Chatham natives, at least some of the beaches may be monitored by balloons equipped with cameras to provide an early warning system.
2 More Months
If the past is any indication we’re looking at 2 more months of Great White activity. The season winds down off Cape Cod at the end of October. I guess the Great Whites don’t like our winter weather any more than I do.