Here’s an incredibly timely news item, given that my last post was a little Carcharodon carcharias humor and I’m watching “Expedition Great White” as I write this. Last summer five great whites were tagged with satellite tracking tags as they hung out right off the beaches of Cape Cod. Data coming in from the tags now suggests that at least one of the tagged sharks is on its way back for the summer. There is anecdotal evidence that great white numbers are increasing off of New England, most likely due to the Cape’s burgeoning harbor seal population.
This is great news for the marine ecosystem of New England, and ironically, for some surfers I’ve spoken to from the area. I’ve heard stories of bull harbor seals harassing surfers right out of the water, so some among the Cape Cod surfing community are actually welcoming the return of the sharks. Hopefully the chambers of commerce in the beachside towns of Cape Cod will be as reasonable.
This is a story I’ve been following as an amateur for a while. Even though the main focus of this blog is sharks of a considerably smaller size, as both a salty New Englander and a big fan of sharks in general I get pretty enthusiastic about the return of great whites to the Northeast.