Up close and personal with sharks in the waters around Cape Cod

Combining ecotourism with the growing number of great white shark sightings off Cape Cod, 5 investigators got a close look at a fast-growing way to get close to the huge animals that cruise near our shores. A private charter excursion from Chatham led by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, where you’re almost guaranteed to see sharks with the help of a spotter plane. “By using a spotting pilot, for example, we keep these animals swimming freely and we can observe them in their natural habitat,” said Maddie Poirier, a community educator at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. They can even identify the shark if it’s ever been tagged with a hydrophone. “That high-pitched ticking is the sound we’re looking for. , it means this shark is tagged,” Poirier said. identify a shark just by sound: in this case, it was a male named Scarface who, when tagged in July 2019, was about 12 feet long. ocean off Cape Cod is linked to the growing seal population which continues to attract more sharks to the area Data from 5 Investigates reveals there have been 541 shark sightings this year so far August, compared to 203 in the same period last year, an increase 167% increase. The conservation said the increase could be the result of more eyes on the water, an increase in shark ecotourism and the promotion of the use of the Sharktivity app for submit comments. August is usually the peak month for sharks in Cape Town, followed by September and October. Captain Devin Kahn said the trip with the sharks is the company’s fastest growing tour. “These sharks are really cruising in shallow waters, and these are really cruising areas that seals would be,” he said. “Everyone seems really interested in sharks here.” Research shows that sharks are often found in shallow water close to shore. One of the many sharks spotted that day was in five feet of water, just 30 feet from the beach. Poirier said shark charters open people’s minds. “We can change people’s misconceptions and we can teach them something new,” she said. Passenger Matthew Ellis was impressed. “The fact that they’re able to put these sharks next to the boat, it’s pretty amazing,” Ellis said. He is traveling as part of a program that allows veterans to experience the excursion for free. But it’s a costly adventure for everyone. The private charter costs $2,500 for a 2 1/2 to 3 hour trip for up to six people, with no refunds if for some reason the sharks are not seen.

Combining ecotourism with the growing number of great white shark sightings off Cape Cod, 5 investigators got a close look at a fast-growing way to get close to the huge animals that cruise near our shores.

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A great white shark right next to the boat.

A private charter tour from Chatham run by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, where you’re almost guaranteed to see sharks with the help of a spotter plane.

“By using an observation pilot, for example, we allow these animals to swim freely and we can observe them in their natural habitat,” said Maddie Poirier, community educator at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

The plane spotter seen aboard the shark tour boat.  He drives the boat to where the sharks were spotted from the air.

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The spotter plane seen aboard the shark tour boat. He drives the boat to where the sharks were spotted from the air.

They can even identify the shark if it has already been tagged using a hydrophone.

“That high-pitched ticking is the sound we’re looking for. So that means this shark is tagged,” Poirier said.

Maddie Poirier from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy points out a great white x20;shark off the coast of Chatham.

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Poirier launches a hydrophone into the water to detect the signal from tagged sharks.

This allowed him to identify a shark just by sound: in this case, it was a male named Scarface which, when tagged in July 2019, was around 12ft long.

The ability to easily find sharks in the ocean off Cape Cod is tied to the growing seal population that continues to attract more and more sharks to the area. Data obtained by 5 Investigates reveals that there have been 541 shark sightings this year through August, compared to 203 in the same period last year, an increase of 167%. The conservation said the increase could be the result of more eyes on the water, an increase in shark ecotourism and the promotion of the use of the Sharktivity app for submit comments.

August is usually the peak month for Cape sharks, followed by September and October.

August is usually the month with the most shark detections.  On the left is a map showing most shark sightings so far in 2022.

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August is usually the busiest month for shark sightings. On the left is a map showing most shark sightings so far in 2022.

Captain Devin Kahn said the trip with the sharks is the company’s fastest growing tour.

“These sharks are really cruising in shallow water, and these are really cruising areas where the seals would be,” he said. “Everyone seems really interested in sharks here.”

Captain Devin Kahn said shark tours is the fastest growing tour.

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Captain Devin Kahn said shark tours are the fastest growing tour.

Research shows that sharks are often found in shallow water close to shore. One of the many sharks spotted that day was in five feet of water, just 30 feet from the beach.

Poirier said shark charters open people’s minds.

“We can change people’s misconceptions and we can teach them something new,” she said.

Passenger Matthew Ellis was impressed.

“The fact that they’re able to put these sharks next to the boat, it’s pretty amazing,” Ellis said.

He is traveling as part of a program that allows veterans to experience the excursion for free. But it’s a costly adventure for everyone. The private charter costs $2,500 for a 2 1/2 to 3 hour trip for up to six people, with no refunds if for some reason the sharks are not seen.

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