Topics: Sharks

Will Fatal Attack Curb Shark Fever?

By: Tim Wood

From Sharks in the Park to numerous shark-based businesses, Chatham and other communities embraced the arrival of the apex predators in Cape waters. But for years, people have wondered: What will happen when a fatal shark attack occurs? That happened last Saturday, when a 26-year-old Revere man was killed while boogie boarding off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. Shark merchandise, however, wasn't immediatel...

In the wake of the death of a 26-year-old Revere man Saturday after he was bitten by a shark in the waters off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, local officials are planning to meet to brainstorm safety strategies for area beaches. In a tweet Sunday, Rep. William Keating said he plans to convene a meeting with National Park Service, state and local officials to address the issue. Local officials also said the...

Fatal Shark Attack In Wellfleet

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

WELLFLEET - A young man has died after being attacked by a white shark just south of Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet Saturday. The attack reportedly happened around 12:30 p.m., and the man died despite the efforts of numerous beachgoers and rescue personnel.  The man, identified as 26-year-old Arthur Medici of Revere, was reportedly using a boogie board at the time of the attack.   Bystanders and rescuers...

Sharks In The Park Raises More Than $72,000

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – After a flurry of last-minute bidding, this year's Sharks in the Park online auction netted a total of $72,004, topping the $62,461 raised last year by more than 15 percent. The top shark went for $5,000, the highest ever, and nine went for more than $2,000. “It's definitely an all-time high,” organizer Janice Rogers said of the auction total. Bidding on the 60 shark sculptures, which have been...

It was a typical day on the water for Dr. Greg Skomal and his shark research team. Spotter pilot Wayne Davis was guiding boat captain John King through murky water near the Eastham-Wellfleet line, following one of several great white sharks spotted that day. Skomal stood at the end of the pulpit 11 feet from the bow of the 24-foot Aleutian Dream, ready to photograph the shark with his pole-mounted GoPro. And t...

In the words of boat captain John King, “Holy crap!”   In a video shot on King's boat and posted online Monday by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a great white shark jumps out of the water underneath the boat's pulpit, where state shark biologist Dr. Greg Skomal stands. Shark breaching has been observed in Cape waters before, but usually in conjunction with feeding. In this case, Skomal was tryin...

CHATHAM — Like the summer visitors strolling Main Streets on the weekends, a few white sharks have returned to local waters for the season. But like their human counterparts, shark visitors won’t be back in large numbers until the weather warms up a bit more. The fifth and final season of the white shark population study is underway, and acoustic receiver buoys recorded the presence of three tagged sharks of...

CHATHAM – In 2014 a population study began aimed at getting a better sense of just how many white sharks are in the waters off Cape Cod. Since then more than 320 individual white sharks have been identified. Proving a big help to renowned shark researcher Dr. Greg Skomal and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy have been vibrant yellow buoys affixed with acoustic receivers. Not only has the time come for the f...

ORLEANS — The return of summer visitors – both people and white sharks – is only a few months away, and local researchers and public safety officials are thinking about a potential surge in shark ecotourism this season. A number of local businesses are already operating boat excursions for shark-watching and cage diving, and others are advertising plans to do so. Meeting in Orleans last week, members of the ...

White Shark Population Study Enters Final Year

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Though researchers don’t have firm numbers from 2017, it’s becoming clear that the number of individual white sharks off Cape Cod is substantial. Scientists are preparing to start the final year of the five-year population study this summer. “There’s going to be a lot of sharks once this is all said and done,” shark researcher John Chisholm said. Chisholm is painstakingly reviewing thousands of und...

CHATHAM – Sharks in the Park will be back this summer – for perhaps the last time – but they won't be in the park. Rather, the exhibit of colorfully-decorated cut-outs of the predators of the deep, the town's most high-profile summer visitors, will be staged on the lawn of the Eldredge Public Library. Call it Sharks at the Library. The colorful, whimsically decorated five-foot sharks attract thousands of vi...

CHATHAM — The president of the United States doesn’t like sharks. As it turns out, that’s working out nicely for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. The nonprofit group has received a surprise surge in donations from Trump critics who are apparently seeking to make a political statement while also supporting white shark conservation and education. In 2013, Trump received a Twitter message challenging hi...

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...