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August 2nd, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Great white shark warning

Officials on Cape Cod are proceeding with a bit more caution after great white sharks were spotted just off shore in Chatham, Massachusetts. Five miles of beach have been closed to swimmers. One shark got as close as a hundred yards from people. Chatham harbor master, Stuart Smith joined CNN's American Morning Monday. Watch Video

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  1. Jromy

    se – just for the record, a couple things to clarify:
    1. People do not dive with Great Whites (unless they are in CA or South Africa in steel cages). They are big and can/will eat you.
    2. I have been off Montauk shark fishing for years with chum....and never seen a Great White
    3. Great Whites are endangered/protected/rare. Rare.
    4. It's Shark Week. Probably the best explanation for why you're seeing them.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm |
  2. Jori

    Wow seems that they are getting closer to shore. I wonder if they are migrating?

    August 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  3. Aquiles

    Of course they will be closer to shore, It's Shark Week, what were you expecting?

    August 3, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  4. se

    maybe if people would stop chumming the f'n water off the coast and stop diving with the sharks they wouldn't be so close

    August 3, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  5. darqfaarmur

    where's Quint when you need him?!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  6. brent

    "we need a bigger boat"

    August 3, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  7. Bryan Gibson

    On July 30, we were walking between Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach in mid-afternoon. The black seals were very active as we walked northwards, congregating in several pods of 5+ seals each. About the halfway point between the beaches, we spotted something large and grey rolling in the surf. It was approximately 16-17 feet long an appeared to be roughly 3-4 feet (or possibly more) in diameter. Lying parallel to the shore and waves, it was roughly 30-40 feet offshore. Clearly a light-to-mid-grey colour, we couldn't be sure, but it appeared to be rising and falling slightly with the wave action, but no sign of fins or detail visible at either end. We guessed it might be a rock and marked the spot on the beach. After looping up to Nauset and back to the marker, the grey object was gone (not a rock, then!)....we then noticed most of the seals had gone as well....

    August 3, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  8. Sandra LeVin

    I believe the shark population has increased exponentially to the seal population in the Cape Cod area. I hope they keep the beaches closed and leave the sharks alone – no killing spree! Sharks are awesome animals – many species are in jeopardy because they reproduce very slowly – and deserve some measure of protection.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  9. PK

    It's little wonder that we are seeing more sharks near the shores. Us fat juicy sugar filled Americans are just too delicious to resist.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |