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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Great White Sharks of Cape Cod Program

Dr. Greg Skomal
Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

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News Release Date: July 19, 2011
Contact: Rob McCormack, Park Ranger, 508-255-3421

Great white sharks--20-foot, 5,000-pound leviathans of nightmares; the movie star with that villainous eating-machine reputation! Come to Cape Cod National Seashore's Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham on Tuesday, August 2, at 7 PM, for a presentation on sharks by Dr. Greg Skomal, environmental analyst and shark scientist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. During the program, Dr. Skomal will discuss changing times, share the latest tagging data, show some of the only existing underwater video footage of great white sharks in the Atlantic, and talk about the role of sharks in the ocean ecosystem. The program is free, accessible, and sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

"Though a great white shark hasn't attacked anyone around Cape Cod in seventy years, people will probably always be afraid of sharks," says Skomal. "Great whites prefer to diet on seals and seem to be enjoying a renaissance locally. Thanks to an ever-growing population of gray seals in the area, the great white sharks are increasingly drawn to the Cape waters every summer."

If you go: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5 PM.The center includes a lobby with expansive views of Salt Pond, Nauset Marsh, and the Atlantic; a museum featuring the park's natural and cultural stories; staff to assist with trip planning; and a store with books, maps, puzzles, games, t-shirts, and 50thh anniversary commemorative items. There are short films shown throughout the day. The Buttonbush and Nauset Marsh Trails, and the Nauset Bike Trail are located nearby. For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs visit the park's website, www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

pirate treasure

Cape Cod's own pirate shipwreck, the Whydah, went down in a storm off the coast in April 1717. Before being taken by pirate Sam Bellamy as his flagship, the Whydah was a slave ship, named for the port city of Ouidah in today's country of Benin on the African coast.