Topics: Sharks

Southern Sharks Showing Up On Sharktivity App

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity smartphone app is usually pretty quiet during the winter and early spring months. The white sharks that visit Cape waters during the summer are usually long gone by the new year, and the first sightings of the season usually don't happen until June. It may have come as a surprise, then, when notifications of shark detections began showing up on the a...

Shark Numbers Keep Climbing

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Researchers can't yet conclusively say how many great white sharks are in Cape waters during peak periods from August through October, but one thing is clear: Chatham and Orleans are the hot spots. In 2016, acoustic buoys off Chatham and Orleans had the most detections of any of the receivers deployed from Marshfield to Nantucket Sound. Similar results were seen in previous years. “Orleans and Cha...

CHATHAM – Three and a half years years of work by Cynthia Wigren, executive director and co-founder of The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, paid off this fall when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that the great white shark license plate sponsored by the non-profit group had reached the state's pre-order minimum. The new plates, with a design featuring a great white shark, two strip...

HARWICH PORT — A couple of miles off Harwich Port, school is in session at Harwich High. On Nov. 3, divers inspecting the new artificial reef made from debris from the demolished Harwich High School were pleased to find the site crowded with schools of tautog, black sea bass and cunner. “It was gratifying,” said Mark Rousseau, the artificial reef coordinator for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisher...

Do Sharks Hurt Chatham?

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Could the high profile that sharks have assumed here in the past few years hurt the town's reputation as a picturesque, family-friendly community? Perhaps the town should step back and consider the impact the association of great white sharks, bolstered by Discovery Channel Shark Week programs and the popular Sharks in the Park art exhibit, could have on Chatham, including property values, especially...

Shark Bytes - Oct. 13

By: Tim Wood

Researchers Tag 100 th Great White Shark Since 2009 On Oct. 3, researchers tagged the 100 th great white shark since they began their work among the North Atlantic white shark population in 2009. According to Cynthia Wigren of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, which is funding the state division of marine fisheries' five-year shark population study, the shark was named “Casey' after pioneering shark re...

On Monday afternoon roughly three miles off the shores of South Monomoy Island, a vessel rocked slowly on gentle swells as those on board peered eagerly at the water, hoping for one thing: the slice of a fin through the waves. Unfortunately, it was a shark-free day aboard the OCEARCH shark research boat, but the day provided an opportunity for guests joining the crew to learn a bit about what goes on “out there.”...

Season's 20th Shark Tagged

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM -- State shark biologist Dr. Greg Skomal, working with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, tagged the season's 20th shark today. The 15-foot shark was tagged off the northern tip of North Beach Island at about 1:30 p.m. Skomal is in the third year of a five-year population study which aims to get a handle on the number of white sharks that frequent the waters off Cape Cod during the summer.  Since...

Shark Week In Review

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Last Friday researchers tagged the 19 th great white shark of the season, a 15-foot animal located off Nauset Beach in Orleans. According to the Chatham Shark Center, that brings the total number of sharks tagged in Cape waters since 2009 to 97. Since 2014, the state Division of Marine Fisheries, working with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC), has identified 200 individual sharks, 20 of them so f...

Shark Week In Review

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

Great white sharks continue to prowl the shores of the outer Cape, with several alerts issued in the past week for sightings close to shore. Alerts were issued through the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity app for sharks seen off beaches in Wellfleet, Orleans and Chatham. At one point Wayne Davis, the spotter pilot used by the Conservancy and the state division of marine fisheries for their sha...

Orca Pod Spotted Off Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A video taken by a group of tuna fishermen about a dozen miles east of Chatham shows a pod of orcas swimming alongside the boat. It's the second sighting of a killer whale off the town's coast this summer. The video was shot by Alex Wyckoff aboard the Fish Box out of Pleasant Bay on Tuesday. At least four orcas, females and juveniles, can be seen in the waters around the boat and swam along the boat ...

Orca Pod Spotted Off Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A video taken by a group of tuna fishermen about a dozen miles east of Chatham shows a pod of orcas swimming alongside the boat. It's the second sighting of a killer whale off the town's coast this summer. The video was shot by Alex Wyckoff aboard the Fish Box out of Pleasant Bay on Tuesday. At least four orcas, females and juveniles, can be seen in the waters around the boat and swam along the boat ...

Sharks In The Park Auction Nets More Than $50K

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Despite the theft of four of the 43 sharks in the park – one of which has yet to be recovered – an auction of the whimsical sculptures exceeded last year's total by nearly $8,000. The online auction, which ended last Friday, earned $50,079, half of which goes to the sponsor, the Chatham Merchants Association, and half to the individual artists whose work attracted thousands to the downtown display ov...

Injured Seal Prompts Lighthouse Beach Closure

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The sighting of an injured and bleeding seal, apparently a recent victim of a shark attack, prompted the closure of Lighthouse Beach to swimming on Sunday. The beach was closed for about two hours while harbor patrol and park department staff searched the waters immediately adjacent to the popular beach. Harbormaster Stuart Smith said the seal was later seen along the shore, apparently alive but with...

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy will sponsoring its own “Shark Week,” kicking off with a reception and screening of “Jaws” at the Chatham Orpheum Theater Friday. “Shark Week on Cape Cod,” a week-long series of events focusing on the great white sharks that have become the region's most intriguing summer visitors, is the lower Cape's own version of the Discovery Channel's annual “Shark Week,” which happene...

CHATHAM – For the first time, researchers Monday documented a great white shark in Pleasant Bay, much to the surprise of a family who saw the 14-foot predator pass within a few feet of their boat. The Whaler was moored just inside the cut between North Beach and North Beach Island when the shark swam by about eight feet off the beach. The 17-foot boat was “just a little big bigger than the shark,” observed Met...