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.