Shark warning sign at Newcomb Hollow beach in Wellfleet, Mass. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images)
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — With the rise in shark sightings and beach closures on Cape Cod, a group of community commissioners is looking for answers.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has tagged 12 sharks so far this season, including four on Tuesday.
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The Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners held a forum Wednesday to hear ideas and possible solutions.
According to the Seal Abatement Coalition, an increase in gray seals on Muskeget Island is attracting Great White Sharks.
A Boston-based company proposed placing up to 50 high-powered industrial loudspeakers along the Cape’s 12 outer beaches where Great White sharks are known to feed on seals.
The speakers would alert swimmers when a shark is nearby.
The coalition also called for Congress to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to include a provision that would remove an endangered species — such as the gray seal — once its population is recovered. They also want a count of the gray seal population on Cape Cod.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports