Great white shark population exploding in Cape Cod

By Angeli Kakade, Buzz60

There's a whole lot of sharks in the water near Cape Cod. We're talking about 147 of them, and maybe even more.

That's according to a three-year study by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, which shows the number of great white sharks in Cape Cod having spiked from 80 in 2014 to 147 in 2016.

Don't ditch your beach plans just yet. The sharks aren't coming for you, but for the increasing number of seals moving up north. Plus, fatal shark attacks are really uncommon. The Associated Press reports a scientist familiar with the area's beaches said the last time a great white shark killed a human in Massachusetts was in 1936.

That scientist also says local government in Cape Cod is taking extra precautions with eyes in the air. If they spot a shark getting too close to comfort we'll close the beach. The study also reports an increasing number of baby sharks which means the shark population is growing.

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