Where do great white sharks spend their summers? In Chatham on Cape Cod, of course. The town of Chatham at the ‘elbow’ end of the Cape calls itself the summer home of the great white shark.
After 40+ years of being protected as a species, grey seals are abundant of the Cape now. Sharks also have returned for some light summer seal snacking. More of the sharks have been spotted every year off the coast of Chatham since 2009 as the word gets out on the shark grapevine of easy seal pickings. According to the Chatham Shark Center, approximately 70 great white sharks were in the area in 2014.
Just last week, a 7 year old great white shark got beached on South Beach in Chatham. Beachgoers splashed him with water to keep him going and named him Jameson. Rescuers from the Chatham Shark Center eventually were able to put him back in the ocean. The researchers were unclear whether he would survive but if he does, he’s one of the youngest great whites to ever have been tagged. We could learn a lot about great white sharks from Jameson’s misadventure.
We didn’t see any (real) sharks in Chatham but we loved the Sharks in the Park display in front of the public library. Local artists were sponsored by local businesses to create 45 sharks that will be auctioned off for charity.
The artists were really creative with their sharks using different techniques such as driftwood, sea glas or metals. They also referenced a number of different ideas such as the local baseball team, the foodie scene, the music scene and life at the beach.
This post is part of Monday Escapes on My Travel Monkey.