Topics: Sharks

CHATHAM – While it's clear that the sharks that patrol the waters along the Cape's shore are here to stay – seasonally, at least – the sharks that visit Kate Gould Park every summer will not return after one more season. The popular Sharks in the Park art display, sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, will be held for the last time next May. In 2019 and beyond, the exhibit will continue, but instead ...

Skomal: Chasing White Sharks 'Never Gets Old'

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM – The white shark swimming just off the shore of Nauset Beach was angry, but not at the 24-foot boat nearby. That wasn't the problem. The problem was an annoying bluefish that wouldn't stop harassing the shark. While the shark was peeved, those on board the Aleutian Dream marveled at the scene, including longtime shark researcher Greg Skomal. “It never gets old,” he said with a grin.     The...

When white sharks are off the coast of Cape Cod, it's clear that they're here for a single purpose: hunting seals. But tracking data shows that white sharks spend the off-season far out in the Atlantic, often in the dark depths far beyond the edge of the continental shelf. A journal article co-authored by state shark biologist Greg Skomal published Friday considers what they might be doing out there. Analyzi...

CHATHAM — It's a proposal that is raising a number of questions and a few eyebrows, but a Florida-based firm is proposing a 40-mile-long network of 15 balloon-mounted cameras to watch for sharks near bathing beaches between Provincetown and Chatham.  The concept floated by officials at Altametry involves deploying balloons on beach days at Harding's Beach in Chatham, two at Lighthouse Beach, one at the north...

ORLEANS — Sharks are becoming a fact of life in the waters off Cape Cod, and the town needs to alter its beach rescue operations. “The regularity of white sharks being in the vicinity of the beach justifies a new approach to ocean rescue,” Natural Resources Director Nate Sears told selectmen Aug. 23. “I no longer feel comfortable sending lifeguards a considerable distance offshore to rescue persons in distre...

CHATHAM – Beaches along Chatham Harbor were closed last Thursday afternoon after a fishermen saw a great white shark bite a seal in half off Andrew Harding's Lane Beach. Peter O'Neill was coming in through the 1987 inlet at about 3 p.m. after a day of fishing when he spotted a “giant pool of blood with the head of seal poking out” in the channel about 150 yards off the beach. The seal had already been bitte...

CHATHAM — Visitors to Nauset Beach and two other area beaches last week observed something new in the sky, and it wasn't an aerial banner advertising beer or car insurance. It was a balloon, holding a high-tech camera designed to spot sharks. Representatives of the Florida-based firm Altametry were on the Lower Cape last week testing equipment that they hope could be part of a future system for detecting white...

Another Shark Poached From 'Sharks In The Park'

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Yet another shark sculpture from the Chatham Merchants' Association's “Sharks in the Park” display has reportedly been pilfered. The association reported Sunday that the sculpture, painted by artist Tilda Bystrom and sponsored by Pine Acres Realty, was stolen at around 11:15 Saturday night. A reward is being offered for tips that lead to the return of the shark, and the association reports that there...

CHATHAM – A number of white sharks cruising around Cape waters are sporting not just one but two tags, which is expected to add significantly to the body of knowledge about the area's most notorious summer visitors. Along with acoustic tags that record a shark's movement when it passes by receivers deployed in waters throughout the region, Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has b...

Shark Season Continues With More Taggings

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's been a big week for sharks. At least nine shark sightings were reported, including two eight- to 10-foot sharks seen a half mile off Campground Beach in Eastham on July 9 and one just south of Race Point Beach in Provincetown on July 10. Several shark alerts were posted on the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity smartphone app for sharks sighted off Truro and Orleans. Dr. Greg Skomal and his...

CHATHAM – The shark spotting season is off and running, with researchers putting eyeballs on three great white sharks last Thursday. Of the six research voyages as of Monday, sharks have been seen on five of the days. Also, seven previously tagged white sharks have been detected on acoustic receivers in Chatham and Orleans waters. Shark scientists say this is typical of the previous three years they've cond...

You might remember the dramatic rescue in July 2015 of a juvenile great white shark that beached himself on South Beach. Jamison, as the shark was later named, had jumped out of the water to catch a bird and landed on a sandbar. Unable to extricate himself, he eventually washed onto the shore on his back. Beachgoers kept him alive until he could be towed out to sea again by the harbormaster and shark scientist...

CHATHAM – Authorities are hoping to identify a man who stole one of the decorated Sharks in the Park from Kate Gould Park early Sunday morning. The shark was found along the shoulder of Main Street in South Chatham a short time later. While it was damaged, the artist who created it is making repairs and it should rejoin the other 50-plus sharks in the exhibit when they move from the park to the front lawn of t...

CHATHAM – Authorities are hoping to identify a man who stole one of the decorated Sharks in the Park from Kate Gould Park early Sunday morning. The shark was found along the shoulder of Main Street in South Chatham a short time later. While it was damaged, the artist who created it is making repairs and it should rejoin the other 50-plus sharks in the exhibit when they move from the park to the front lawn of t...

CHATHAM – On their first trip of the season, shark researchers were off Nauset Beach last Thursday when they got a call from spotter pilot Wayne Davis. He'd seen the first shark of the season, swimming just off the shore of Monomoy Island. Unfortunately, in the 15 minutes it took the research vessel to motor south, the shark had moved into deeper water and was lost. Davis said the shark appeared to be a small ...

Sharks Are The Highlight Of Saturday's FINomenal Fest

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The frenzy surrounding the Cape's great white sharks is perfectly captured by this Saturday's FINomenal Fest. For the third year, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary are sponsoring the free event, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The focus is on shark research and education and finding ways to help preserve the ocean's ecology. “FINomenal Fest will f...