Wary US swimmers share waves with deadly sharks off Cape Cod

phys.org | 7/13/2019 | Staff
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At the entrance to Newcomb Hollow Beach, at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula, the picture of a great white shark reminds swimmers that the US shores of the Atlantic must be shared with the ocean's most feared predator.

The great whites swim to this region in the northeastern United States to hunt for one of their preferred foods—seals.

Marine - Mammal - Protection - Act - Number

Since the Marine Mammal Protection Act was passed in 1972 the number of seals in Cape Cod has grown to more than 50,000.

In 2005 the great whites were declared a protected species in the state of Massachusetts—where Cape Cod is located—and have since become regular visitors to the region.

July - Whites - Cape - Cod - Beaches

On July 13 and 14 five great whites were spotted off Cape Cod, forcing three beaches to be briefly evacuated, the Atlantic White Shark Conservation Society reported.

The deadly sharks are a great tourist attraction, and their pictures are splashed on T-shirts, coffee mugs and caps for sale in the area. Yet despite their fearsome reputation shark attacks on humans are rare.

Victim - Arthur - Medici - Board - Surfer

One victim was Arthur Medici, a 26-year-old belly board surfer killed by a great white just a few yards (meters) into the ocean at Newcomb Hollow Beach in September 2018. A stone plaque was placed at the beach in his memory.

But prior to Medici the last deadly Cape Cod shark attack dates back to the 1930s, according to local news media.

Authorities - Chances - Year - State - Funds

Local authorities, however, are taking no chances. This year the state has granted funds to Cape Cod peninsula towns to help them deal with sharks, even though there is no clear plan on what to do.

One tactic some towns are using is to train lifeguards and residents on ways to stop severe bleeding in case of a shark attack.

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