Great White Sharks feasting on Whale Carcass led to closure of three beaches

Great White Sharks feasting on Whale Carcass led to closure of three beaches

A pack of half-dozen great white sharks forced officials to close three popular beaches of Cape Cod. The announcement was made on Friday after researchers captured a video of sharks eating a whale carcass.

Swimming in the waters of the three beaches- Noons Landing, Beach Point, and Cold Storage- has been closed temporarily as more number of sharks could come to feast on the 11-feet long dead minke whale.

Many great white sharks visit areas like the Cape as it has a lot of food for the creature, said marine science expert James Sulikowski from the University of New England in Portland. Such areas are easy food sources for sharks because they don’t have to work hard to find food there, Sulikowski added.

The whale carcass was first spotted on Wednesday. Until Thursday, it was in good condition, as per a statement by the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS). After that, two white sharks were seen circling the carcass. Some leftovers are still there, which may attract other sharks to that place, it added.

“It would only make sense to see more and more sharks up our way. Everybody thinks there are these crazy sharks out to be raging predators, but they focus on the dead, the sick, the dying. They actually strengthen and cull older populations of seals”, said Sulikowski.

Last month, a great white shark was seen off the Duxbury beach. After that, swimmers were asked to stay alert when they’re in water. Earlier, two sightings were also reported in Wellfleet harbor and Martha’s Vineyard.

People should stay away from places that the sharks are visiting, as per experts. In last about two centuries, just seven cases of shark attacks on humans have been reported in Massachusetts, but three of them were deadly, stated the Shark Research Foundation.

According to a report in PATCH by Jason Claffey, "Three Truro beaches were closed after six great white sharks were spotted close to shore feeding on a dead whale. Noons Landing, Beach Point, and Cold Storage beaches were all closed Friday. The sharks fed on the minke whale about 4 miles out from Pamet Harbor."

"We recommend that patrons of bay side beaches be particularly vigilant and report any sightings to Truro Police," Truro police said in a statement. "We are advising beach patrons at all beaches to be cautious in the water."

The dead minke whale was first spotted Wednesday. Two sharks were captured on video nibbling on it. By Friday, the dinner circle increased to six sharks. The Center for Coastal Studies, a Provincetown-based research group, captured video of two great whites feeding on the whale.

A report published in WTPV revealed, "In case sharks weren't terrifying enough, seeing what a pair of great whites did to a whale carcass puts things in a whole different perspective. The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass., found a mostly intact minke whale carcass in Cape Cod on Wednesday."

At least two great whites were picking the carcass clean. The find led to the closure of several local beaches, since there were sharks actively feeding in the area. The whale carcass washed up on shore on Friday, so there was a good chance the sharks gave up and left the area.

A marine science professor told The Guardian great whites have actually seen a resurgence in the area thanks to conservation measures put in place in the '90s. But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to be worried. He said, "Everybody thinks there are these crazy sharks out to be raging predators, but they focus on the dead, the sick, the dying."


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