WELLFLEET, Mass. — Shark sightings typically peak between August and October but great whites have already started to set up shop for the summer off the coast of Massachusetts.
A seal suffering from a shark bite was reported by multiple witnesses at Long Beach between Brier Neck and Cape Hedge in Gloucester on Friday, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app.
A number of great white sharks were also spotted off Cape Cod and the Islands in recent days.
On Sunday, a boater snapped a photo of a great white shark lurking off the east coast of Great Island and Great Hill Beach in Wellfleet. A day earlier, an eight-foot great white shark was spotted “cruising on the surface” of the water east of Wellfleet’s Jeremy Point.
A six-foot great white shark was photographed in the water off Billingsgate Island in Eastham on Sunday. About 70 miles to the south, another great white shark was reported off Great Point Light in Nantucket on the same day.
Also over the weekend, tracked sharks named Mr. Pallas, Peg, and Thompson were detected by buoys off the outer Cape.
On June 28, a wounded seal was found in Provincetown at Long Point Light Station suffering from bite marks along its back.
To ensure a happy and safe holiday weekend, Cape Cod National Seashore is reminding residents to remain vigilant of our fin-tipped friends, especially if you decide to vacation on one of the Cape’s beaches.
There were more than 133 sharks were detected last year off the Cape.
It appears at least one great white shark has also traveled to the waters off the coast of Maine, where a seal was found on June 27 suffering from a shark bite near Peaks Island, which is about a 25-minute ferry ride from Portland.
Last Monday, a great white shark tracked by Ocearch pinged off Jenness Beach in Rye, New Hampshire.
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