"It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.."... Hunter S. Thompson
Two kayakers were attacked by a Great White Shark Wednesday in Plymouth, as they paddled around in Cape Cod Bay.
The kayakers, Ida Parker and Kristen Orr, were scared but not hurt. The attack went down at 6 PM.
They were 100 yards offshore of White Horse beach, in Manomet. Manomet is a section of Plymouth that is about 5 miles north of Sagamoe Beach in Bourne.
The kayakers had paddled over to look at some seals, oblivious to the fact that Great White Sharks also look at seals. Out of nowhere, a leviathan rose from the depths and had himself a chomp of their kayak. The women were pitched into the water, inches from the monster. The kayakers were pulled from the water by a rapidly-responding Plymouth Harbormaster.
The kayak, which has the blue/grey color of a tuna fish, suffered a terrible wound, but the shark chose to not finish that meal. The not-tuna-like taste of the kayak probably saved the women, who admitted to "splashing wildly" as the leviathan sampled their kayak. You can see the kayak right here.
Officials confirmed that the offending fish was a Great White, but could not say if it was the same Whitey who was hanging around in Duxbury last week.
If it was the same shark, we'd have a late-season problem on our hands. Dr. Hooper's theory of territoriality (I have no idea if I spelled that properly) would imply that the eating is good here, and ol' Mr. Shark might hang around a while. As the seals leave, the humans will look tastier and tastier.
Dr. Gregory Skomal, we need you to find and tag this shark! If we know where the shark is and when he's going to show up, he actually becomes pretty cool.
Sharks have returned to the Massachusetts coast in force. It won't bother Plymouth and Duxbury as much as it would bother Cape Cod, which is very dependent on tourism. One of the three fatal shark attacks in Massachusetts history went down off of nearby Scituate.
I don't know if Plymouth is closing their beaches, or if they are restricting swimming if the beaches are open. Most kids are in school, so the influx of tourists will be slowed mightily, but the local kids will be jumping into the ocean happily from 2 PM on. You might want to speak with the children. Our tourist (and swimming) and swimming season runs roughly through Columbus Day.
Plymouth beaches were patrolled by helicopter after the Duxbury sighting. I'd assume that the same treatment will be in effect tomorrow. We may have to hire Quint, or we'll be on welfare all winter. We're playing with a dangerous What If situation.
We'll be back with an update.