Shark Season Continues With More Taggings

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Topics: Sharks

Dr. Greg Skomal tags a white shark off Nauset Beach Monday. ATLANTIC WHITE SHARK CONSERVANCY/MASS. DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES PHOTO

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 research team tagged two more sharks, upping this season's total to three. A 12-foot white shark was tagged off Wellfleet on July 6, and an 11-foot shark was tagged off Nauset Beach on Monday. That shark had been previously identified and named Web after David Kenyon Webster, a D-Day veteran who authored a book on sharks and disappeared after leaving on a shark fishing expedition on Sept. 9, 1961. The first shark tagged this season (on July 3), a 13-foot female, has been named Salacia.

This season's totals, as posted at the Chatham Shark Center:

  • Days on the water: eight

  • Sharks tagged: 3, 109 since 2009

  • Sharks identified since 2014: 258

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Names New Board Members

Dr. John Mandelman and Amelia Deren have been named to the board of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

Mandelman is the vice president and chief scientist of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, which encompasses all of the institution’s solutions-driven scientific research, engagement and conservation work. Mandelman has served in various capacities at the Aquarium since 2001, while concurrently completing his doctoral work in biology at Northeastern University in 2006. He is on the research faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he advises several graduate students as part of the UMass Intercampus Marine Program and teaches courses in general ichthyology as well as the physiological ecology and conservation of fishes.

Deren holds a BA in sociology from Trinity College and JD from Suffolk University Law School.  Prior to founding her own company she worked as in-house corporate counsel for Oxford Global Resources and also enjoyed serving as a probono legal advocate for victims of domestic violence.  In 2007, she decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dream and incorporated what was then a jewelry hobby into Amelia Rose Design, Inc., which has grown to include a collection carried in over 150 stores nationwide.  She has also collaborated with non-profits to design custom pieces that are then sold for fundraising, including the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Good Sports, Experience Camps and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy; 100 percent of all proceeds raised go directly to the organizations involved.  Since childhood Deren has had a fondness for Cape Cod and currently splits her time between Newton and Chatham.

“John and Amelia are extraordinary achievers in their respective professions and each has been a long-time supporter of our organization’s mission,” said Cynthia Wigren, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have them on our team.”