Shark Bytes, July 7

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Topics: Sharks

Last Wednesday Spotter pilot Wayne Davis caught this dramatic photo of a shark chasing a gray seal in the surf zone off the Nauset Inlet. The seal, we are told, got away. WAYNE DAVIS/ATLANTIC WHITE SHARK CONSERVANCY PHOTO

Shark Week In Review

During last Wednesday's shark population study trip, Dr. Greg Skomal of the state division of marine fisheries sighted a number of great white sharks and tagged two.

The two sharks were tagged July 6, a 14-footer a half mile off Coast Guard Beach in Eastham and a 15-foot animal one-half mile off the south inlet in Chatham's South Beach, not far from the Shark Cove area. The sharks became the 83rd and 84th tagged off Chatham.

That same day spotter pilot Wayne Davis saw a shark chasing a seal close to the shore at the north side of the Nauset Inlet, and also photographed a whale near Nauset Beach.

That same day, Skomal and his crew checked a receiver mounted on a buoy off Coast Guard Beach and found a July 3 detection of Luke, an 11-foot shark tagged June 24, the first of the season.

On July 7, researchers checked the receiver in the southern part of Shark Cove, off Monomoy Island, and found a July 3 detection of Lumpy. Lumpy gained fame last year when a video of him breaching in pursuit of a seal off Monomoy went viral.

In other news, a new receiver was deployed on a buoy off New Bedford on July 8, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, which is funding the DMF shark population study.

The Conservancy also reported a fisherman hooking a great white shark in Cape Cod Bay off Eastham on July 9. The recreational fishermen cut the line when they realized they'd caught a great white.

A sighting was also reported in Cape Cod Bay off Wellfleet Tuesday via the AWSC's Sharktivity app.

Monday's shark population trip resulted in one sighting off Monomoy of an 11-foot shark.

Shark Author To Speak

Naturalist SY Montgomery, author of “The Great White Shark Scientist,” which was researched and photographed off Chatham, will be the featured speaker at a fundraiser for the Dennis Public Library on Friday, July 29 at 1 p.m. The event will feature signed books, drawings, door prizes and refreshments. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and can be purchased at the library, 5 Hall St. in Dennis, or by mail from the Friends of the Dennis Public Library, Box 25, South Dennis, MA 02660