Shark Bytes - July 21

By: Tim Wood

Topics: Sharks

Spotter pilot Wayne Davis captured this shot of a shark stalking two seals just off shore of Monomoy Island. ATLANTIC WHITE SHARK CONSERVANCY/WAYNE DAVIS

Shark Week In Review

If you've looked at your Sharktivity app or at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Facebook page, then you know it's been a busy week for sharks.

Last Friday, July 15, Dr. Greg Skomal of the state division of marine fisheries, working with the Conservancy, tagged the fifth and sixth great white sharks of the season, 11 and nine feet, respectively. On Monday, an 11-foot shark off Monomoy became the seventh shark to be tagged during this third year of Skomal's shark population study, which the Conservancy is funding.

Many more sharks were sighted in Cape waters during the past week – eight last Friday alone, most of which were eight to 11 feet and within 20 yards of the Monomoy shore. Several others were sighted Monday, many of them photographed for later identification.

There were some other high-profile sightings as well. Jay Goodwin was fishing in a competition off Chatham Saturday when he spied a great white shark swimming toward his boat, and captured the scene on video. A charter fisherman in Cape Cod Bay posted a photo to Facebook of a shark and the fish – or what remained of it – that the animal poached from a fishing line. White shark sightings also closed down beaches in Orleans and Plymouth.

Spotter pilot Wayne Davis also captured photos of sharks stalking seals just yards off the Monomoy beach, and Monday he caught graphic photos of a shark preying on a seal.

Last week was also the one-year anniversary of the stranding of Jameson, a juvenile great white shark kept alive by beachgoers before being towed from South Beach into the water by Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith and Assistant Harbormaster Jason Holm. Skomal and the Conservancy team arrived on scene shortly thereafter to tag the shark and escort him to deeper water.

Jameson was detected several times on acoustic receivers after his rescue, and the Conservancy announced last week that he was detected again off Monomoy on June 29.

 

Shark T-shirt Design Contest

Win two tickets to Expedition: White Sharks and Whales with your T-shirt design for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Deadline is July 29, and the winning design will be featured on the official Expedition T-shirt. The designs will be judged by the public online and the winner will be announced Aug. 5. For more details on the design parameters, please contact the event organizers at expedition.fundraiser@gmail.com.  

The winner will receive two tickets for this year’s Expedition. Designs should represent white sharks and humpback whales, must be original and submitted digitally to Emily.moss@whales.org. For full contest rules, see the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Facebook Page. Winner will receive two tickets to a full day on the water Sept. 10 or 17 to view whales and sharks.

This is the third year the two organizations have teamed up for the Expedition. During the all-day trip to view great white sharks, humpback whales, finback whales, seals and sea-birds, experts in the field of shark and whale research will be on board to give detailed information about each species encountered during these thrilling adventures.

Tickets for both dates are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.whales.org/EXPEDITION.