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Abnormally Large Basking Shark Groups Seen Off US Coast



    Chasing, Tracking Sharks on Cape Cod

    A team of shark-lovers hits the waves to track and catalog the sharks that enter Massachusetts waters. (Published Monday, Aug. 6, 2018)

    Scientists say a species of large, but harmless, shark has been gathering in atypically big groups off of the northeastern United States and Canada.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says groups of 30 to 1,400 basking sharks have been seen in waters from Nova Scotia to Long Island, New York. The agency says sightings of basking sharks are common, but seeing them in such large groups is not.

    The basking shark is the second-largest fish on the planet. It can grow more than 25 feet (7.6 meters) in length, lives on a plankton diet and is not aggressive or dangerous to humans.

    NOAA says the reason why the animals have been congregating in large groups "has not been clearly determined," but it's likely related to feeding, socializing or courtship.

    RAW VIDEO: Cape Cod Shark vs. GoPro

    [NECN] RAW VIDEO: Cape Cod Shark vs. GoPro

    Department of Marine Fisheries Scientist Greg Skomal was using his GoPro to track white sharks off Cape Cod when the shark approached his camera.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017)

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