Two Great White Sharks were identified near the Massachusetts Coast, more precisely near Cape Cod Beach. A photographer managed to take some shots of the predators. The photos were shared on Sunday by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
The photos show the research boat near the two white sharks that were identified on July 28.
The Great White Shark, also known by its scientific name – Carcharodon charcharias, is a large shark that lives in temperate and tropical waters that grows to about 6 meters (20 feet). The color pallet for its dorsal side includes gray, blueish gray and back, whereas its ventral side is always white. It feeds on fish and marine mammals, but, evidently, it also poses a threat to human beings.
Scientists said that one got as close as a quarter mile from the beach. According to recent images, one of the white sharks was actually swimming along the shoreline.
The team of researchers is working on a 5-year study to identify how many white sharks are present near Cape Cod Beach. In 2014 68 Great White Sharks were spotted in that particular beach area.
As for this year, there has been even more activity. So far, 16 new sharks have been located, whereas 2 have been tagged. Cynthia Wigren said that the photographers obtained sufficient footage of those two sharks in question, in order for the scientists to ID them.
Wigren also reported to the press that activity so far had been greater than in the previous year, but the season would end approximately at the end of October. So far, the two in question would remain adhering to the area.
Local marine biologists, including Dr. John Chisholm, would engage in studying sharks twice a week from now on, doing field work in collaboration with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
Distinguishable features of particular white sharks (returning ones in comparison to new ones), when biologists aren’t able to ID them, include physical traits, for instance their color patterns, shape of their scars and of tail fins.
So, it seems that a significant number of sharks have been identified this year: a total of six – three new, two spotted earlier this season and another on identified last season, in Chatham’s waters.
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