Shark week continues on Discovery Channel and in the waters of Cape Cod. Just five days after a 12 foot shark was sighted prowling the shoreline of Wellfleet, MA, a second 12 foot shark, identified as a great white, was seen and videoed by a fisherman near Sandy Neck beach in Cape Cod Bay — a highly uncommon area to see a shark. Take a look at the Cape Cod Bay shark in the video below.
Cape Cod Bay Shark VIDEO
The video was shot by local tuna fisherman Jeff Richardson, who was borrowing his friend’s harpoon boat to fish four miles off Sandy Neck Beach.
“It was unreal,” he said. “It got very aggressive. It turned on the boat, turned away from the boat and kept swimming. We followed it for about 10-15 minutes.’
Experts have evaluated Richardson’s footage and confirmed the fisherman’s initial prediction that it was a great white. They also predict that the shark weighed between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds.
Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries acknowledged how rare it is to see sharks inside the bay. ‘We do not have many sightings from Cape Cod Bay,’ he told the Daily Mail.
After sighting the shark in the water, Richardson says he ran to the front of the boat, camera in hand, to capture the great white.
The sighting is only one of many in the area this beach season.
On July 30th, Denver-native Chris Meyers, 50, was bitten by a great white shark in Truro, MA. He suffered wounds to his legs but none were life-threatening. Meyers had been swimming some 400-yards from the shoreline when he was attacked.
On Sunday in Wellfleet, MA, a 12 foot shark was sighted by an early-morning patrolman just five feet inside the shoreline. It was following a pack of seals.
“I sat there for a while, and sure enough, one came up behind a pod of seals,” Patrolman Jerre Austin said to the Cape Cod Profile Tuesday. “It was high tide. He was no more than 5 feet off the beach. I’ve never see them quite that close.”
Experts attribute the increase sightings of sharks, including great whites, to rising water temperatures and the subsequent proliferation of seals.
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