Sharks Close Cape Beaches
Chatham, MA beaches that face the Atlantic Ocean were closed this weekend after sharks were sighted feeding on seals.
While shark attacks are practically non-existent in this part of the world, the Division of Marine Fisheries closed the beaches stretching along the beautiful coastline of Chatham, MA after sharks were seen attacking seals in the early morning and late afternoon.
Reportedly the sharks that were sighted were Great White Sharks. Known as evil killing machines these animals can grow as long as 25+ feet and sport over 3,000 serrated teeth designed to rip flesh and terrify humans.
This shark sighting follows a recent sighting in June by two Tuna fisherman trolling off the East Coast of Cape Cod.
Beaches were closed for the second year in a row in this part of the Cape specifically between the hours of 5 pm and 7 am.
The Facts are Unclear
Scientists aren't sure why Great White sightings have been more prevalent in recent years but they are sure of one thing. Where there are seals, there are sharks.
A common theory among shark experts is not that there are more sharks but that there are actually fewer sharks. When the shark population decreases, the seal population will tend to increase slightly. More seals, more sharks swimming in close to hunt them. It is also commonly believed that an increase boating and and people swimming in the water will tend to create the impression that there are more sharks.
"We don't have a good handle on the population size. The number of sightings has increased in recent years. We don't know if it's increased because there are more white sharks or more people on the water. Given the expanding seal population it likely has to do with being attracted to seals, but there are also more people paying attention," Gregory Skomal a senior biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.
Long and short, stay away from the sharks!
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