SHARK ALERT! Over 20 GREAT WHITES spotted off Cape Cod in just 2 days amid rise in attacks
Six great white shark sightings were reported on Saturday, July 30, while another 17 sightings occurred on Sunday, July 31, 2022, in Cape Cod. Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app reported these new sightings. Buoys detected tagged sharks named Ken, Luke, and Ronald Tarentino Jrs.
Most of the sightings happened off the Outer Cape as Nauset Beach had to close for several hours on Saturday. Other reported sightings occurred in North Beach Island and Chatham Harbor. According to The Sun, at least 31 shark attacks have been reported across the US in 2022 and Florida has seen 18. At the beach, swimmers are requested to be highly vigilant, significantly when the shoreline quickly drops off into deeper waters.
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Shark attacks over the weekend
A video released by News4jax reveals a man was bit by a shark when a 16-year-old surfer rushed to help him after he went under the water. One of the witnesses, Nadya Hicks told the media, "He was struggling in the water". Nadya saw flesh coming from the top of the man's wound. Another victim of a similar incident told The Sun, Bryan Olivares, 33, was wounded by a shark while jumping in the waves with his family on Daytona Beach on July 25, 2022. Olivares was left with a punctured artery and a sliced tendon following the savage attack. "I felt a bump, something touched me. Not even a second later I felt the bite or something that hurt." Olivares rushed to shore before fainting and was taken to hospital with the wound to his foot. "I tried to swim on my back and then I saw the blood. It was like a knife. That is the feeling and burning. "I feel lucky, and I’m glad I’m complete and that I’m not missing any limbs." Fischer Hricko, a teenager aged 13, was attacked while lobstering in the Florida Keys with his family on July 28, 2022.
'Sharks don’t target humans'
“Every summer, stories about shark attacks tend to get amplified, which can generate the false idea that things are different this year,” said Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History. “Globally, we’re on track for a very normal shark-bite year, with about 70-80 unprovoked around the world", he added. “Sharks don’t target humans,” he explained. “Nearly every bite is due to mistaken identity. Sharks can’t see very well, especially in murky water, and they are simply following food.” Naylor also opined, "Changes in local conditions can contribute to increased marine activity within a region". Megan Winton, a scientist with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, said to the media, "July is a time when great whites appear in large numbers because of the warm waters".