Great Whites off Cape Cod: Beaches Closed
Great Whites Spotted off Cape Cod: Not a Shark Week Stunt
Nearly a dozen great white sharks were spotted of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, during the past week. Swimming is banned indefinitely at South Beach and Chatham Beach until the prehistoric predators move along. One of the great white shaks spotted was an estimated 14 feet long, and would have weighed 1,500 pounds.
Shark experts, who flocked to the scene to track and study the sharks, think that the great whites swung by Cape Cod in search of seals. The influx of great whites to Cape Cod is a downer for swimmers, but a bonanza for scienists looking to learn more about these still-mysterious predators.
This is real, and not a real-world Shark Week promo.
Chatham officials have closed five miles of a Cape Cod beach after a spotter pilot saw three more great white sharks, including one swimming about 100 yards from a party on the sand.
A state-contracted spotter plane pilot called Chatham officials after seeing three to four sharks near swimmers, Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin said.