When I was twenty, I went on a deep-sea fishing trip with my uncle in Florida. It was a pretty fun day, minus the fact that the one fish I did catch got bit in half by a barracuda as I was reeling it in.
But I think the biggest highlight of that trip was seeing an 8-foot bull shark swimming close to the boat. I’ve always found sharks fascinating. There’s something about them that is both terrifying and intriguing at the same time.
Lately, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of shark sightings along the east coast of the US. One of those sightings was of a 14-foot great white shark who was spotted cruising along just off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The shark was swimming in roughly 20-foot deep water, meaning that it was pretty close to the shore.
The Sharktivity app recorded the sight and was reported to be about 12-14ft long. The app also shared that there was another, smaller great white shark spotted in the area on the same day. This shark only measured between 8-10 feet and had been spotted by some people who were boating at the time.
The report stated, “Shark was about 30 yards from the boat and came at least 6ft out of the water. Absolutely incredible.”
Sharktivity was created by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, and it allows people to report their shark sightings. In addition, the app also provides its users with real-time updates of the location pertaining to each sighting.
The app’s website further shared that the app’s prime objective is to “raise awareness and help facilitate the peaceful coexistence between humans and white sharks.”
But those two shark sightings were just two of an increase in sightings in recent times. Radars in the area have been picking up an increased amount of shark activity, which tracks with the sudden spike in both shark sightings and encounters happening over the summer. In fact, at one point Cape Cod got shut down for swimming after there were dozens of great white shark sightings reported in just one single weekend!
Sharktivity confirmed these sightings, revealing that six great whites were seen on a Saturday, with seventeen great white sightings happening the next day on Sunday!
The dramatic number of sightings caused app users to take to the internet to share their findings. On Twitter, one person uploaded screenshots of their app, writing, “My #Sharktivity app is going bonkers. Loads of pings in #Chatham area, which means a tagged shark is registering in nearby buoys. #Cape”
— Susan Tran (@susantran) July 23, 2022
Wow! That is definitely not something you want to see on your phone right before entering the water.
What do you think of the sighting? Have you ever seen a great white shark in real life? Have you ever seen a shark in real life? What was your experience? Let us know!