Whitey Spotted off Cape Cod

A great white shark like this was spotted off the Outer Cape on July 12. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons and sharkdiver.com

July 13, 2010: According to the Cape Cod Times, a great white shark has been sighted off the Outer Cape.

Chart of shark sighting location.
The Cape's large population of seals is thought to be attracting the sharks. Photo by ##http://newenglandboating.com/author/tom## Tom Richardson##

Tuna-spotter pilot George Breen reported on July 12 that he had sighted what appeared to be a 15-foot shark attacking a group of seals just north of Nauset Inet off the Outer Cape. This area has seen a large increase in the seal population over the last 20 years, which is thought to be attracting the sharks. Last summer 5 great whites were tagged off the Outer Cape, and it’s likely that the Cape will see more sharks this summer, according to shark researcher Greg Skomal. The Coast Guard has issued a warning to bathers, kayakers and surfers on Cape Cod, advising them not to swim or paddle in areas where seals are present.


From the Cape Cod Times: The CapeCast crew interviews Greg Skomal, the state’s shark expert, at Lighthouse Beach in Chatham and find out about local great white shark possibilities.


National Geographic Video, August 30, 2007: Great white sharks leap out of the water in pursuit of their favorite food – seals.

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