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First Great White shark of season spotted on Cape Cod

Year's First Great White Spotted Off Cape Cod Coast

The year's first great white shark sighting had beachgoers in Cape Cod packing up... and scientists heading out into the water.

Volunteer researchers from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy spotted the female shark about a quarter-mile from the shore.

The group said it was a female, about 14 feet long and moving very, very slowly, according to one researcher, which made it easy to follow her for awhile. WBZ-TV reports her arrival comes 2 weeks earlier than last year's first great white sighting.

Volunteers just started studying how many great whites are in the Cape Cod area and how many return over the next 3 to 5 years.

Good news is great whites shy away from humans - but that makes it pretty hard for scientists to study them.

But, researchers say after years of decline, the population along the eastern U.S. is growing rapidly. They credit the surge to federal and state regulations put in place in the 90s to protect the sharks.

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magus47 June 30 2014 at 10:15 AM

OH WOW!!!! A shark seen in the OCEAN!!
What's the next big headline?
"Bear seen deficating in the woods!"

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moooooooooochelle June 30 2014 at 10:35 AM


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madcap.1 June 30 2014 at 12:03 PM

i think someone should write a story about a great white that eats people off some island in the north east united sates. kill a bunch of people and than some sheriff with a fish hunter goes out and kills it.
what a great idea for a book

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PERFORATOR madcap.1 June 30 2014 at 1:11 PM

Too far-fetched, nobody would ever buy a book or watch a movie about something like that.

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magus47 madcap.1 June 30 2014 at 2:08 PM

You mean a modern version of Moby Dick?

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s June 30 2014 at 12:53 PM

Its Obamas fault there are sharks
off the Cape, 5 years ago it was Bush's
fault now its his fault.

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Erbie's June 30 2014 at 12:49 PM

I wonder how many sharks are in the water that wasn't seen? You swim in the ocean you take chances, I was stung by a jellyfist, so should all jelly fish be "banned". The water is the sharks home, we are invading his turff.

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dwtomczyk June 30 2014 at 12:49 PM

q; what do you call a great white shark?
a; anything they want to be called.

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jloschh June 30 2014 at 2:11 PM

we're going to need a bigger boat.

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mickilan July 01 2014 at 1:48 AM

The Cape is one of my favorite places to visit. Go and enjoy. Don't worry about sharks. Most of them are on land in D.C.

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gg0808 June 30 2014 at 11:49 AM

How hard would it be to mention , at what beach the shark was sighted ?

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Donna gg0808 July 01 2014 at 12:37 AM

1/4 mile off Nauset Beach

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madddddddddddddd July 01 2014 at 12:39 AM

we need a bigger boatttttttttttttttttttt

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