Topics: Sharks

BREWSTER — In recent years, Cape Cod locals and tourists alike have grown more cognizant of the reality that we share our local waters with one of the ocean’s most high-profile apex predators: great white sharks. Our knowledge of great white sharks and their behaviors has grown as new technologies are introduced from local shark experts, including Sharktivity — the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s free mobil...

Knowing the exact location of white sharks off Cape Cod beaches is obviously important, both from a scientific and safety perspective. And that means the network of shark spotters – professional and amateur alike – plays a critical role. A new partnership between the North Chatham-based Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the New England Aquarium aims to boost that network by encouraging more people to report...

WOODS HOLE – Sharks and seals are almost synonymous with Cape Cod. But what do people really think about the much-discussed fish and mammals? With shark and seal populations on the rise, a new multi-agency study looked at how sharks and seals are perceived by Cape voters, commercial fishermen and tourists, and how humans and marine life can better coexist. The study, “Human Dimensions of Rebounding Po...

CHATHAM – This summer's less-than-perfect weather has even impacted shark tagging efforts. Dr. Greg Skomal of the state division of marine fisheries and his shark tagging team have only been able to get out on the water a few days. Rain, wind and low-ceiling clouds – which prevented the team's spotter pilot from taking off – have all been factors, according to Marianne Walsh, education director of the Atlantic...

NORTH CHATHAM — White sharks are just offshore virtually all summer long, but when are they actively hunting and when are they just cruising? More than a matter of scientific curiosity, the answer is key to improving beach safety, officials say. The first research done on white sharks off Cape Cod began to show how many individuals might be in the area, and revealed that they’re here in greatest numbers in Aug...

Gills Talk Podcast Shares Shark Smarts

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

If you love podcasts and are fascinated by sharks, you're in luck. The new Gills Talk podcast shines t he light of science on Cape Cod's most charismatic predatory marine megafauna. Living up to its motto, “Smart about Sharks,” Gills Talk is a natural extension of Gills Club, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's  STEM-based education initiative dedicated to connecting young shark enthusiasts...

CHATHAM — Having collected more than a decade’s worth of data from a host of receiver buoys, researchers can now show in fine detail where tagged sharks spend their time each summer. The new White Shark Logbook from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy allows users to select a certain buoy location and browse all of the logged shark visits. The Logbook (shiny.atlanticwhiteshark.org/Logbook/) draws on data ...

Study: Sharks And Humans Share The Same Shallows

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH CHATHAM — A just-published study led by researcher Megan Winton of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy concludes that white sharks in local waters spend nearly half of their time in waters 15 feet deep or shallower. The research signals that, while rare, encounters between white sharks and people are a regular possibility. To assess the extent of potential overlap between sharks and recreational water...

When a 63-year-old woman was killed by a great white shark off Bailey Island in Maine in July, state officials needed help. This was the first ever fatal shark attack in Maine waters, and local authorities had little experience dealing with the apex predator. Greg Skomal, shark biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and several other experts were called in to positively identify the ani...

Getting Up Close And Personal With Sharks And Mola Molas

By: Terri Adamsons

CHATHAM – Once in a while a local gets to experience a one-of-a-kind Cape Cod day after working all summer while the tourists enjoy this glorious place we all call home. We were invited to join friends Jerry Evans and Erin Hilley on Jerry’s Carolina Skiff to go on a shark spotting adventure. Our hosts had heard there were numerous shark sightings off Chatham’s shores so off we went on a sunny breeze towards “J...

Sharktivity App Now Registers Real-Time Detections

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM – If you use the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app, you might have noticed some new alerts. Along with the familiar blue square with a white fin indicating a white shark sighting are new yellow boxes that when clicked, offer information on tagged sharks detected by real-time acoustic receivers. The new feature officially launched on Sept. 14, allowing users to access real-time detectio...

AWSC Launches New Free Gills Club App

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) has launched a new Gills Club app. The app, which can be downloaded for free on the Apple Store and Google Play, features information about different species of sharks, access to ongoing shark research, projects and science activities for shark fans, and a means to connect with the Gills Club Science Team, made up of over 100 female shark researchers worldwide. The ...

Figuring out how, when and where great white sharks are likely to feed on seals close to the shore is the goal of a study now underway by Dr. Greg Skomal, shark scientist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Skomal's work, using different tags that collect a variety of information, will paint a broad picture of the behavior. Bryan Legare, a biologist at the Center for Coastal Studies, hopes that h...

Fatal Attack In Maine Is Stark Reminder CHATHAM – The death Monday of a woman in Maine from an apparent shark attack is a stark reminder that even though sightings are down this year, the apex predator is still present in area waters. Between June 1 and July 19, there were 54 percent fewer sightings in Cape waters compared to last year, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. But that doesn't mea...

Chatham Shark Center Gets BIG Addition

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM – In 2010, marine biologist Dr. Greg Skomal tagged an 18-foot white shark off the coast of the Cape. She was given the name Curly and is, to date, the largest great white shark ever tagged along these shores. While the real Curly is likely still swimming somewhere in the Atlantic, shark enthusiasts can get a sense of her impressive size by visiting the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Shark Center in Ch...

Not that there was much doubt, but white sharks have returned to local waters. And with the holiday weekend upon us, beach managers are urging the public to take responsibility for their own safety. On June 17, state shark biologist Greg Skomal and a crew from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy tagged three white sharks that were feeding on a whale carcass just south of Monomoy Point. The next week, boaters ...