Increase In Shark Sightings Leaves Officials Looking For Solutions

Shark warning in Cape Cod

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.

Shark Near Shore Closes Truro Beach
Shark Near Shore Closes Truro Beach
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has already tagged 12 sharks in the area this season.

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

 

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