CAPE COD – We've been hearing about sharks sightings on the Cape all summer. Sharks live in the ocean. It's a fact. And maybe the reporting of shark activities has gone a little "overboard." I myself am guilty of writing on shark sightings on the Cape more than once, because the numbers show that people love reading about sharks. So here's some more shark news for you.
Towards the end of July, there were over 160 shark sightings in the waters off Cape Cod, and many marine biology experts were quick to remark how rare that is in the colder waters of the Atlantic Ocean. But the sightings have always been quick, rarely recorded. Still, it's been enough to close down Cape Cod beaches all summer.
Now, however, we finally have video footage of the Cape Cod sharks.
A drone flying above the waters at Marconi Beach, a popular beach in Wellfleet on the Cape, captured this video showing two sharks in the waters. They appear to be doing "shark talk." Per the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the organization that manned the drone flying overhead, it is rare for sharks to be seen together, but even more rare for them to actually be engaging with one another, as the above video depicts. With the larger shark clearly in control of the conversation.
The video, according to Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, also shows how some great white sharks off the coast of the Cape bear wounds and scars on their bodies. Due to the scarcity of footage capturing shark interaction, it was not anticipated that the scars might actually come from shark-on-shark engagement.
The video comes just a week after the Cape’s Marconi Beach closed down three times last week due to multiple shark sightings. Some marine experts actually believe that, with the rising populations of the seals off the coast of Cape Cod and the proportional response of the sharks, the sharks might be here to stay. The summer of 2019 might not be a fluke. It could be the first summer of an extended stay from sharks up north.