Swimming in the ocean is a popular summer activity on Cape Cod, but it’s also a favorite spot for great white sharks.
Beachgoers are warned to be on the lookout for great white sharks. Purple flags with a silhouette of great white flutter to remind people of the danger along with beach signs warning swimmers of the risk of entering the water.
The signs read: “Great white sharks hunt seals in the shallow waters of this beach. People have been seriously injured and killed by white sharks along this coast.
On Tuesday afternoon, a great white shark was spotted off Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro. As a safety measure, Cape Cod beaches are closed for one hour to swimmers after a shark sighting.
No one was injured and the beach reopened later in the afternoon. Although shark attacks are rare, they still happen. The last fatal attack dates back to 2018.
Shark sightings continue to rise with four great white sharks spotted on June 5, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy app that tracks sightings of great white sharks.
Great white sharks are highly migratory and travel great distances each year. They tend to overwinter in the south, and many head north to the east coast in the summer. The Cape Cod coast is a favorite spot for them due to the large amount of seals. Peak months for shark activity in the area are August through October.
If you are planning to travel to Cape Cod, here are some safety tips to follow provided by Cape Cod National Seashore.
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