Shark Week In Review

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

Topics: Sharks

Scyther, a 15-foot great white, was identified as the shark seen in a recent viral photo of a seal predation off Provincetown. ATLANTIC WHITE SHARK CONSERVANCY/MASS. DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES PHOTO

Great white sharks continue to prowl the shores of the outer Cape, with several alerts issued in the past week for sightings close to shore.

Alerts were issued through the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity app for sharks seen off beaches in Wellfleet, Orleans and Chatham. At one point Wayne Davis, the spotter pilot used by the Conservancy and the state division of marine fisheries for their shark population study, saw four sharks circling off Nauset Light Beach.

No sharks were tagged during the past week, but a few seen in photos and videos recently were identified by DMF's John Chisholm.

The shark in a viral photo of a seal predation off Provincetown's Race Point – in which several seals are seen watching the scene, apparently happy it wasn't them – was identified by Chisholm as Scyther, a 15-foot shark tagged by Dr. Greg Skomal on July 6.

Chisholm also identified a shark seen in Florida in a CBS news report back in May as Sage. The shark was first identified in October 2014 as part of Skomal's population study, and was last seen in Cape waters on Aug. 29.

Sharks At The Museum

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster will feature several programs focusing on sharks this month.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, Chatham resident John King, a wildlife photograph and captain of the vessel used in the state division of marine fisheries and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy shark population study, will give a presentation entitled “Close Encounters of the Ocean Kind.” He will show photos of encounters he's had with whales, sharks and other creatures around the Cape and around the globe. The talk begins at 1 p.m. and is free with museum admission. King's photos will also be on display in the Naturescape Gallery at the museum through October.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the museum will host a great white shark research fundraiser featuring Dr. Greg Skomal from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person.

The museum will also be showing the PBS documentary “Shark Mountain” daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Visit www.ccmnh.org for more information.