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If You See a Shark and a Lifeguard is on Duty
If You See a Shark and a Lifeguard is NOT on Duty
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Learn about the ongoing study of the great white shark, and the basics of shark safety while visiting Cape Cod. Whether you plan to visit a national seashore beach or town beach, knowing how to balance enjoyment with the risks is important to having a fun and safe experience.
Cape Cod's waters are part of a natural and wild marine ecosystem with a rich diversity of sea life, including sharks. Seals are the major prey species for the great white shark, and as the seal population increases, the great white shark has become more numerous. There are confirmed reports of great white sharks feeding on seals close to shore. Spotter planes flying along the Outer Cape have also observed great white sharks near swimming beaches.
A white shark silhouette on a purple background found on the flags at life-guarded beaches, when a lifeguard is on duty.
Last updated: September 8, 2022