Great White Spotted Off Nauset Beach
It's the second Cape sighting this summer, and the first on the outer Cape.
Researchers spent an hour tracking a Great White shark off the coast of Cape Cod over the weekend, marking the first sighting of the season in the areaâ€™s ocean side.
Members of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said the fish, which they identified as a female, was around 12 to 14 feet long, and was cruising through the waters off of Nauset Beach near Orleans on Saturday afternoon. The conservancy said the shark was roughly one-quarter of a mile off the shoreline.
The crew first saw the animal from a tracker plane that was hovering above the ocean, and caught up with the shark while aboard their research boat.
The conservancy, a non-profit organization tasked with studying the sharkÂ population on Cape Cod, and “raising awareness about White sharks as a keystone species of the ocean ecosystem,”Â named the Great White â€śPing,â€ť and added the sharkÂ to their growingÂ database. â€śShe is now part of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program White shark population study,â€ť researchers said.
The sighting on the outskirts of Cape Cod came just days after tuna fishermen spotted a Great White shark swimming in Cape Cod Bay. The captain of the F/V Cynthia C got up close and personal with what he described as a 16 to 18 foot female shark. State officials confirmed the captainâ€™s sighting after viewing a video of the shark swimming near his boat.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy will be sending out the spotter plane and boat twice a week as part of an ongoing study in conjunction with the state’sÂ Division of Marine Fisheries.
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