At Least 9 Great White Sharks Spotted by Researchers Off Cape Cod

first_imgStay on target Cue the Jaws theme. Researchers have confirmed at least nine sightings of great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts since Monday.Researchers from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries saw most of the sharks, measuring up to 12 feet long, about two miles off the coast of Wellfleet. Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida center_img A pair of great white sharks were tracked using the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy shark-tracking app, Sharktivity, on Monday morning, according to MassLive.One of the shark sightings was confirmed by the organization as “Ashley Grace,” a previously tagged white shark. She was least seen near Cape Cod, and measured 12 feet long.(Photo Credit: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy)Scientists are doing field work with a research vessel and with the help of a spotter pilot on Cape Cod Bay. They are gathering numbers and looking at shark hunting and feeding habits in hopes that more knowledge will help keep people in the Cape safer.“The [sharks] were not close to shore,” said Greg Skomal, senior fisheries scientist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries, told the Boston Globe.Skomal told the newspaper he was surprised by how many sharks they saw in the bay. “We have not worked in Cape Cod Bay before so I didn’t know what to expect,” Skomal said Tuesday. “We suspect that we’re going to continue to see as many and more this season.”The peak season for sharks is about a month away and the researchers observed no seals, Skomal noted.Watch: This Wetsuit Could Protect You From SharksMore on Geek.com:Watch: Florida Fishermen Swim Alongside 30-Foot Whale SharkPhotos: Sharks Swim Feet Away from Unsuspecting BeachgoersWatch: Sheriff’s Helicopter Spots 15-Foot Great White Shark in Californialast_img

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