6 White Sharks Tagged So Far This Season


CHATHAM – It’s already been a busy season for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy as they track the animals off the coast of Cape Cod.

Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has tagged six sharks so far in 2017. The first three sharks tagged this year were fitted with PSAT tags provided by Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. The next three sharks were tagged with short-term PSAT tags provided in collaboration with the University of New England.

The organization is in the fourth year of a five-year population study to try and gauge the level of white shark activity in the waters off the Cape.

There were 147 individual sharks spotted in local waters last year, 23 of which were newly tagged.

Experts expect July, August, and September to be the busiest month for shark sightings and taggings.

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