Remembrance Day has finally come for the people of Massachusetts, New England. Most recently, the great great white shark was sighted for the first time this season.
Beachgoers were able to spot great white sharks while scrutinizing the water to celebrate the unofficial start of summer.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Great white shark found in Massachusetts
Cape Cod shark researchers confirmed their first sighting of a great white shark this weekend and Sunday.
Initially, footage of the sighting was posted on social media platforms.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy further confirmed the sighting of a great white shark at Nantucket Current on Monday.
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Onlookers were overjoyed to see the great white shark, but were not ready to see it biting a seal.
In the clip, we can hear people watching and marveling at great white sharks. But if you go deeper into the video, you can see the water changing from blue to red as the shark continues to bite the seal close to the shore.
Great white shark sighting confirmed by shark experts
Massachusetts-based shark expert John Chisholm shared the news via a Twitter account called MA Sharks. ‘There have been several unconfirmed sightings, but this is the first time I’ve actually seen a shark,’ he wrote.
Chisholm has been tracking shark sightings for many years and is associated with the New England Aquarium.
He went on to say, ‘We know for sure that it’s a great white shark.’
Chisholm currently serves as the Regional Citizen Science Coordinator. He is responsible for verifying whether shark sightings reported by the public through AWSC’s Sharktivity app are true.
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The expert said, ‘I know for sure that it is a great white shark. The Great White coming to the Cape ahead of the start of the full-fledged summer is not early.’
Nonetheless, authorities have urged people to play safely while they go to the beach to catch stingrays. They also asked the public to avoid near areas with seals and stay closer to the shore.
The number of great white sharks declined by 1997, when it was designated as a protected species by federal law. In 2005, Massachusetts law followed in its footsteps as reported by the National Park Service.
Great white shark season usually starts in late summer or early fall. You can catch a glimpse of sharks during the season, but avoid activities that stimulate them.