Great White Shark Season

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy funding multi-year white shark population study


Great White Sharks are back in New England waters for the summer. The first one was recently photographed off Provincetown Massachusetts, on the Bay Side (opposed to the ocean side). Next, on June 28, 2014 we received more photographs of a Great White.

These photos were sent by Cynthia Wigren of The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, and an aerial photo by Wayne Davis of

Cynthia send this email with the photos...

From: Cynthia Wigren
Sent: Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:35 PM
Subject: White Shark Sighting Today

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is funding a multi-year white shark population study conducted by the Massachusetts Shark Research Program. Today, we spotted the first white shark on the ocean side of Cape Cod off Nauset Beach in Orleans. The shark was identified as a female and estimated to be 12- 14 feet.

RE: White Shark Sighting Today
Kelley, Tim
Sent:Saturday, June 28, 2014 9:30 PM
To: Cynthia Wigren

Thanks Cynthia!

Any attempt to tag?
Will report in the morning.

Best, Tim Kelley

To: Kelley, Tim

Hi Tim,

The population study doesn't require all sharks to be tagged so they didn't try on this one. It's a mark-recapture study so the biggest thing is being able to getting an ID on the shark through underwater GoPro footage. Where the white changes to grey on the lateral line shows a unique pattern.

Let me know if you need any more info. I've attached one more photo from today.


Coincidentally, Kyle Shaw worked as a life guard at Nauset Beach when he saw a Great White up this close before just about anyone else. Kyle is the Expert on swimming we feature in our upcoming July 4th weather special. Hopefully the story he told of the encounter makes it through the editing process.

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