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Shark Week becomes Shark Month on Cape Cod

Sharks: better for tourism than black bears or Henry David Thoreau
Watch out seals, here comes your #1 nemesis.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Woods Hole Oceanographic collect data about our sharks

Local groups co-ordinate with OCEARCH and the Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2013

The increase in the number of great white sharks along our shores has attracted national attention including a special week-long series on sharks on the Discovery Channel starting on August 4. The shark frenzy is the best PR Cape Cod has received since last summer's black bear.

Several new local stores have sprung up to satisfy the visiting public's interest in the ocean's top predator, and sharks may be the best thing to happen to the Cape's tourism trade since Thoreau wrote his sunniest and happiest book "Cape Cod".

The event includes participation by the nationally acclaimed marine investigators from OCEARCH and this year a new group, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC), joins the fray.

As previously reported here, Woods Hole Oceanographic (WHOI) Institution scientists will also collaborate with OCEARCH to tag great white sharks and collect shark data off Cape Cod. Beginning July 31, WHOI scientists will collaborate with the non-profit shark research organization OCEARCH on a month-long expedition to tag white sharks and collect valuable blood and tissue samples off the coast of Cape Cod.

Scientists from OCEARCH will kick-off the week's activities on “Expedition Cape Cod" by exploring our waters to help all of us understand this top-of-the-food-chain predator which seems to be moving north as the oceans cool and provide food in the form of our booming seal population.

A press release offers this list of events:

  • 8/4: Expedition Cape Cod Kick Off
  • 8/12: Shark Talk with Austin Gallagher
  • 8/14: Shark Talk with John Mandelman
  • 8/25: Shark and Seal Presentation
  • 8/30: Expedition Cape Cod Wrap Up Party

Read the other recent shark stories here.

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