Cape Cod, a peninsula in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, is closed to swimmers after dozens of great white sharks were sighted over the weekend.
The shark sightings were reported thanks to the Sharktivity app, which was created by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
Here’s everything we know about the reports, as well as more details about the app.
CAPE COD CLOSES AFTER DOZENS OF WHITE SHARKS ARE SPOTTED.
Swimmers on Cape Cod will need to find a new spot this summer after dozens of great white sharks were spotted in one weekend.
According to the app Sharktivity, six great white sharks were spotted on Saturday, while another 17 sightings were reported on Sunday.
The app alerts social media users to shark sightings in real-time with locations. Users can use the app to receive sighting alerts, check where sharks have been sighted, and report their own sightings.
WHERE WERE THEY SEEN?
Based on user activity, a great white shark sighting was reported about 20 yards off North Beach Island. Another shark sighting was recorded near the same beach an hour earlier.
On the same day, seven other sightings were detected near a buoy off North Beach Island.
A Twitter user uploaded screenshots of several sharks that the app detected on the same day. Some of the sharks were named Snoop Dogg, Camden, and Spot Claw, among others.
My #Sharktivity app is going bonkers. Loads of pings in #Chatham area, which means a tagged shark is registering in nearby buoys. #Cape pic.twitter.com/ZN5iTAc5RR
— Susan Tran (@susantran) July 23, 2022
FACTS ABOUT GREAT WHITE SHARKS
Great white sharks are the largest known predatory sharks living in our oceans. They have been the subject of interest in many documentaries, movies, and television series.
The average size of a shark is about 11.4 to 15 feet (3.5 to 4.6 meters) and they have about 300 teeth.
The largest great white shark was detected off the coast of Guadalupe Island in Mexico. It was 21 feet (6.4 meters) long with a weight of 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms).
The great white shark’s torpedo-shaped body allows it to navigate efficiently for a long time. These sharks feed on small fish, as well as larger species such as seals and dolphins.
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