shark sightings Jul 30

Sharks Active Off Cape and Islands Saturday: Beaches Closed, 9 Sharks Detected at 1 Buoy

White sharks were busy off the Massachusetts coast on Saturday morning, closing beaches in Nantucket and gathering off Cape Cod. Swimmers were ordered out of the water at Ladies, Miacomet and Cisco be...

  • sharks Jun 6

    Here's How Many Sharks Have Been Spotted Off Cape Cod Already This Year

    Typically, sharks don’t return to the waters off Cape Cod and the Islands until mid-June. But shark season got off to an early start this year, as about a dozen have already been spotted off the Massachusetts coast. The first confirmed sighting was on Sunday, May 29. A great white shark was spotted near the Great Point Lighthouse on Nantucket...
  • Massachusetts May 28

    Cape Cod Gets Ready for Shark Season

    With many people returning to Cape Cod as the weather gets warmer, sharks are expected back, as well.

  • sharks May 13

    1,000-Pound Great White Shark Spotted Off East Coast, Heading North Soon

    A massive great white shark has been recorded swimming up and down the East Coast in recent months. And it’s expected to head north soon. The shark, which was named “Ironbound” after an island near Nova Scotia where it was first spotted, is 12 feet, four inches long and weighs 998 pounds. OCEARCH researchers reported that the m...
  • Cape Cod Apr 11

    Cape Cod Survey Measures Views On Seals, Sharks

    Cape Cod voters, tourists and commercial fishermen are all likely to recognize sharks as an important, beneficial piece of the local marine ecosystem, but when it comes to seals, the groups have more divergent views, according to newly published data. A survey of more than 1,800 people found significant similarities in how different groups of peopl...
  • Shark Tales Aug 26, 2021

    Here's How Shark Extinction Would Devastate the Ocean

    Since 1970, the population of oceanic sharks has dropped by 71%, and many species are facing extinction. If you’re not a big fan of sharks, this might seem like a good thing, but the absence of sharks would be devastating to ocean life. Sharks are an essential, keystone species that help balance other animals in the ocean’s food web, and&#823...
  • Great White Shark Aug 17, 2021

    WATCH: This White Shark Off Mass. Is Anything But Camera Shy

    This shark was eager to flash its toothy grin for the camera! On Friday, Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries captured footage of a white shark that was chasing his camera underwater off the coast of Cape Cod.  Based on the video shared by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on Monday, the shark is anything but camera&#823...
  • Shark Attacks Aug 16, 2021

    Shark Warning Flags See Action at Maine State Beaches a Year After Deadly Attack

    A new shark flag warning system in Maine is getting its first few uses, roughly a year after the state’s first fatal shark attack. The flags have been used twice in the past several weeks, according to Jim Britt, the communications director for Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands: First at Popham Beach in Phippsburg and, most recently, on...
  • Shark Tales Aug 19, 2021

    PODCAST: The Secret Sex Lives of Sharks

    It is incredibly difficult for scientists to observe sharks mating in their natural habitat, since it rarely happens close to the surface. Luckily, there is an island area just off the coast of Florida that’s a regular hot spot for underwater coupling.

  • Cape Cod Aug 10, 2021

    ‘Hold My Beer': Cape Cod Man Hooks Great White Shark Off Nauset Beach

    Matt Pieciak and his friends were having a day at Nauset Beach, casually cracking a beer and casting a line, when he wound up hooking a great white shark Sunday. “We started having some beers and I think we were playing corn hole and I saw the rod start to bend over my cousin’s shoulder,” Pieciak said. “That’s when......
  • Shark Tales Aug 6, 2021

    Scientists Watched 32 Years of Shark Week — and Didn't Like What They Saw

    Discovery Channel’s Shark Week event has been a television hit for decades, but what’s resonated with audiences hasn’t always done the same for shark scientists —plenty see serious flaws in the programming. One group of scientists has taken their criticism to the next level. They watched all 32 years of Shark Week to analyze who is repr...
  • Shark Tales Jul 26, 2021

    Shark Fishing: Does the Sport Need to Be Reeled in?

    Overfishing is a problem across our oceans and especially in Massachusetts – years of overfishing depleted the very fishery that gave so Cape Cod its name. The World Wildlife Fund says that 39% of fish stocks are overfished, and that includes sharks.  In decades past, shore-based recreational fishing for sandbar sharks on Cape Cod rose i...
  • sharks Jul 14, 2021

    Searching for Sharks: Maine More Than Doubles Its Tracking Buoys

    Researchers with Maine’s Department of Marine Resources have placed dozens of buoys off of beaches to track white sharks. They could help prevent incidents like Maine’s first fatal shark attack, which occurred off of Bailey Island last July. There are 32 buoys total stretching from York in southern Maine to Squirrel Island, near Boothba...
  • Shark Tales Jul 13, 2021

    The Megalodon: The Extinct Shark That Keeps Making a Comeback

    For the return of “Shark Tales,” our podcast series that explores the world of sharks in New England, we asked shark experts what they know about the megalodon, which is certainly dead and gone, no matter what video goes viral

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