Researchers Tag 50 Sharks off Cape Cod This Season

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers have fitted 50 great white sharks found in Cape Cod waters this season with tracking and data-logging devices to study how the species kills seals to benefit public safety.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy uses two tags to study behavior — a standard acoustic tag to identify the shark and an accelerometer that records body position, speed and acceleration.

Researchers say the data is used to determine when the animal is resting, chasing prey, feeding and how much energy it is using.

State shark researcher Gregory Skomal said that the primary focus is where and how white sharks kill seals,” which will be used to determine when and where sharks are more likely to be present.

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