If you have ever considered cage diving with great white sharks, a trip with Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions will give you the best opportunity in the world. They offer a unique experience giving divers the opportunity to view white sharks gliding through their natural environment surrounded by a diverse array of marine life while nestled on the floor of the Southern Ocean. Almost 50 years ago, Rodney Fox pioneered cage diving and has since entertained thrill seekers, scientists, and film makers from all over the world. Now under the leadership of his son, Andrew, Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions continues to provide one of the best opportunities in the world to get up close and personal with great white sharks. To learn more about their operation visit their website. Also, to keep up with current events, shark photos, and videos follow them on Facebook.
According to an article in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod communities are collectively seeking grant money to fund education about great white sharks and to help continue tagging research conducted by the Mass. Department of Marine Fisheries. The increasing number of white sharks around Cape Cod has community officials concerned about a negative economic impact due to the fear of their presence. State biologist Greg Skomal continues to lead the effort in understanding the habits and movements of the sharks when they are in Cape waters. A total of 17 sharks were tagged this summer with most sightings occurring around the Chatham area. Captained by Billy Chaprales, the Ezyduzit is a specialized tuna fishing boat that serves equally well in chasing great whites after they are located by a spotter plane. With a long pulpit extending out in front and an engine that sits above the waterline, Skomal and his research team can get close enough to place acoustic tags near the dorsal fin of these sharks with a modified harpoon. For more information about white shark tagging and sightings, visit the website of Cape Cod Shark Hunters.
Cape Cod towns seek grant for shark awareness
By Katheleen Conti | GLOBE STAFF
If tales from old fishermen are true, Cape Cod has come a long way from when some towns offered $5 a snout for proof of the demise of seals, fish-eaters in fishing communities.
Now a protected species, the gray seal population has exploded on the Cape and Islands during the past four years. And where there are seals, there are seal predators, most famously, the great white shark. Last summer marked one of the busiest seasons for great white sightings in the region, with the first shark attack on a human in Massachusetts since 1936. Continue reading…
YouTube user, richhillbass, recently posted a video of what is claimed to be a 14 foot basking shark swimming in the Pocasset River on Cape Cod. Basking sharks are capable of growing up to 40 feet in length and are second only to whale sharks in size, the largest fish in the ocean. Generally considered harmless to humans, they are filter feeders often found in very large schools. For more information about the life history of these sharks, visit the Florida Museum of Natural History Icthyology Department’s website.
According to Wiked Local, two tagged great white sharks have pinged the acoustic receivers placed in Cape Cod waters last year between Monomoy and South Beach. Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries is conducting research with acoustic tags to better understand the fine scale movements of the sharks while they inhabit Cape waters during the summer months.
By Doreen Leggett
Wicked Local Cape Cod
Posted Jun 20, 2012 @ 05:32 PM
Beaches are still open, and no fins have been seen, but the acoustical receivers the state Division of Marine Fisheries has in place off of Chatham have detected two great white sharks.
Reginald Zimmerman, the assistant press secretary of the executive office of environmental affairs, said the first detection of one of the white sharks that was tagged last year was around June 8. Greg Skomal, a shark biologist with the state, worked with fishermen last year to tag several sharks to help in research.
The receivers are about a quarter-mile offshore and extend from the tip of Monomoy to South Beach.
Zimmerman said “it’s hard to tell where the sharks are now” but folks should be aware of their surroundings and not swim near seals, which are a favored meal of the large predators. The harbormaster and town officials will make the decision if and when beaches will be closed.
YouTube user AustraliaAdventureTV recently posted a video of several bull sharks swarming a line bait tossed from the side of a fishing boat. But, during the same trip apparently, the fishermen caught footage of a large bull shark attacking and eating another bull shark in shallow water. According to the video’s description, they were near the outlet of a river on the western side of Cape York in Queensland, Australia. This is a pretty intense short video with some decently graphic images of a dead shark. Enjoy.