Topics: Sharks

ORLEANS — For years, the technology has been as elusive as, well, great white sharks. Now, a system that can detect and report white sharks in real time is being tested at three Cape beaches, including Nauset. On Tuesday, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app reported a white shark off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, the site of last year’s fatal shark attack. The shark wasn’t spotted by ...

CHATHAM – Shark warning signs have been installed at all town beaches and many town landings, and lifeguards are keeping a sharp eye out for seals near designated swimming areas. As of late last week, lifeguards had observed three seals in Oyster Pond this summer, although none were within 300 feet of the swimming beach. Because the seals did not come close to the designated swimming area, the beach was not cl...

CHATHAM – The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy was created with public safety, research, and education in mind, and this summer the nonprofit is taking the public safety piece to heart with its new Shark Smart Beach Program at Lighthouse Beach. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 9 and 10 a.m., folks from the AWSC will be offering informational talks on sharks and shark safety. “We want to increase t...

WELLFLEET — It was a hazy morning at Marconi Beach, but the message of those gathered on the bank above was clear: the six towns from Chatham to Provincetown and the Cape Cod National Seashore are working together on the challenge dealing with sharks in local waters. Seashore Superintendent Brian Carlstrom hosted a press conference July 2 with Lower Cape town administrators and public safety officials to dis...

While on average four people each year are killed by sharks, over 100,000 sharks are killed by humans. In fact, 32 percent of open ocean sharks, including the scalloped hammerhead and the whale shark, have been hunted in such high numbers that they are now in danger of going extinct. These are some of the facts behind ocean conservationist William McKeever’s new book “Emperors of the Deep: Sharks—the Ocean’...

CHATHAM – A two-year study aimed at gaining a better understanding of the hunting and feeding behaviors of the region's great white sharks will get underway within the next few weeks. A collaboration between the state division of marine fisheries, the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the new study involves placing tags containing accelerom...

Town Prepares New Shark Safety Measures

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With high-tech barriers or deterrent systems apparently off the table for the 2019 summer season, town officials are preparing other measures designed to keep swimmers safe from sharks and seals. Those measures include better communication, patrols, and first aid kiosks on the outer beaches. A memo from the parks and recreation department indicates that all lifeguard, beach patrol and harbor patrol...

BARNSTABLE — With TV camera crews from Boston circling like great white sharks, the board of county commissioners heard a proposal last week to use sound to move seals and sharks away from the Cape's off-shore swimming areas. With the exception of coastal homes falling into the sea from eroding banks, off-Cape media attention is limited to the summer months and mostly concentrates on traffic jams and the wea...

Selectmen Mull Oyster Pond Safety Measures

By: Tim Wood

Following Shark Barrier Loss At Town Meeting CHATHAM — The message from voters at the annual town meeting was clear: Chatham shouldn’t be spending money on shark detection and mitigation at Oyster Pond Beach. But with swimming lessons starting up soon, selectmen are wondering what might still be done to improve safety for beachgoers. “Is there anything else we can do for Oyster Pond?” Selectman Peter Cocolis ...

CHATHAM – When visitors stop by Lighthouse Beach, they often ask anyone who looks like a local about what, for the past several years, has been the chief topic of interest here: great white sharks. Making sure folks get accurate information about the region's shark population is the impetus behind a new program being proposed by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC). Under the “Shark Smart” program, AWSC...

CHATHAM — On the advice of the parks and recreation commission, selectmen this week reversed course on a proposal to move swimming lessons to Schoolhouse Pond as a precaution against sharks and seals. But the board is seeking new signs and better communications equipment to help lifeguards keep swimmers safe at Oyster Pond and all other town beaches. On April 8, selectmen voted to have the commission conside...

CHATHAM — With it becoming less likely that some sort of shark barrier will be ready in time for swimming season at Oyster Pond Beach, selectmen have asked the parks and recreation commission to consider moving swimming lessons to a freshwater pond this summer. “I don’t know if I’m overreacting or not,” said selectman Jeffrey Dykens, who proposed the move. “I’m using an abundance of caution.” The town iss...

CHATHAM – While towns to the north look to upgrade cell phone coverage and install call boxes at beaches this summer in response to safety concerns in the wake of last year's fatal shark attack in Wellfleet, local safety officials say they are as ready as they can be for such an event and aren't planning any major initiatives despite the remoteness of the town's outer beaches. The most significant effort being...

Chatham Casts Net For Shark Barrier Study

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – All options are on the table when it comes to a shark barrier to protect Oyster Pond Beach. The town this week issued a request for proposals for a feasibility study of a barrier to protect swimmers at the beach, which is often used by families and children and is the location of town swimming lessons. The town has not ruled out any particular technology or form of barrier, according to Natural Resou...

Some actions to mitigate the danger from sharks in the region's waters can be put in place this summer. A Bourne consulting group will look at other options as part of a study that begins this week. Officials from six Outer Cape towns, the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy met with the Woods Hole Group last Wednesday in Wellfleet to kick off the $49,950 shark mitigation altern...

Shark Study Survey Announced

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – A survey to get public feedback about a number of shark mitigation strategies under consideration will feed into a study scheduled to begin next week. Officials from six Outer Cape towns met Wednesday in Wellfleet with the Woods Hole Group to discuss alternatives to address concerns about shark safety. Also participating in the meeting were the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Atlantic White Shark Con...