Keep yourself and fellow beachgoers safe with these essential tips!
As a beloved summer destination, Cape Cod’s sandy shores and crystal-clear waters attract not only thousands of tourists each year but also a wide variety of marine life. Key among these are great white sharks, which tend to frequent the waters off Cape Cod in search of their favored prey: seals. While the likelihood of encountering a shark is statistically slim, it’s important for all beachgoers to stay informed and prepared to ensure a safe and enjoyable beach experience. As a journalist and a local resident, I’ve compiled some vital tips on what to do if you spot a shark in Cape Cod waters.
1. Stay calm: It’s essential to keep a clear head if you notice a shark in the water. Acting in a stressed or frantic manner could add unnecessary risk to the situation. Remember, shark encounters are rare, and the animal is likely more focused on finding prey than harming humans.
2. Spread the word: If you see a shark, alert other beachgoers, lifeguards, and local authorities as soon as possible. Doing so helps create a safer environment for everyone visiting the shore.
3. Exit the water cautiously: If you’re already in the water, calmly and steadily make your way back to shore. Sudden movements or splashing may inadvertently attract the shark, so do your best to remain composed.
4. Keep a safe distance: If a shark comes near the shore, don’t approach or engage with it. Instead, observe from a safe distance and allow the shark to go about its business. As significant contributors to the health of our marine ecosystem, sharks deserve respect and room to thrive.
5. Stay informed: Familiarize yourself with the types of sharks found in Cape Cod waters and their behavioral patterns. Understanding these incredible creatures can help reduce fear and increase overall safety.
In addition to these tips, you should follow general guidelines to minimize the chance of an encounter with a shark while enjoying everything Cape Cod has to offer:
– Swim with others: Sharks may be more deterred by groups of people than individuals, so try to swim with friends or family.
– Limit your swimming time at dawn and dusk: Low light conditions at these times can make it harder for sharks to distinguish between prey and humans, increasing the risk of an accidental encounter.
– Give seals their space: As tempting as it may be to observe these adorable animals up close, great white sharks frequent Cape Cod primarily due to the local seal population. Steering clear of seals reduces the chances of a shark encounter.
– Avoid wearing shiny jewelry or brightly colored swimwear: Light reflecting off jewelry can mimic fish scales, while bright colors and patterns may inadvertently catch a shark’s attention.
By taking these precautions and fostering a sense of respect for our marine neighbors, we can work together to ensure that Cape Cod remains a safe and memorable destination for years to come.
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By Darius Aniunas / Free Cape Cod News. Follow me on Twitter