The ocean water temps are plummeting as Thanksgiving shortly approaches, however loads of nice white shark interactions are nonetheless being reported alongside Cape Cod.
The newest occasion of a shark being noticed near shore was off of Nauset Inlet, the place a white shark was seen struggling in shallow water whereas attempting to catch a seal.
The apex predator was then chased away by a pod of seals.
“Awesome video of a white shark looking for seals in shallow water,” tweeted MA Sharks, which is run by shark researcher John Chisholm, who confirms shark sightings for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app.
“Also yet another reminder the sharks are still here so remain vigilant if you’re still surfing, SUPing (standup paddleboarding) or using the water,” MA Sharks added.
Earlier this month, two Cape surfers evaded an “aggressive and agitated” 10-foot nice white shark off an Eastham seaside.
Cape shark researchers additionally just lately noticed an incredible white shark interplay with a faculty of bluefish. In the drone video, the fish are seen chasing after the shark.
“Bluefish sometime like to rub up against the rough skin of a white shark to dislodge any parasites on their own skin, or to relieve an itch,” the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy tweeted.
“The research team, as well as other shark researchers across the world, have observed many chafing events such as this in the past,” AWSC added. “Sometimes the sharks we see don’t like to be used as exfoliators and try to evade the bluefish school, and other times they just let them rub!”
Meanwhile, new analysis has revealed that sharks and different massive predatory fish make a shocking variety of visits to the deep ocean — notably the mesopelagic zone, which is discovered between 200 to 1,000 meters beneath the floor.
This space, additionally known as the ocean’s twilight zone, has been ignored as vital habitat for big predator species, in accordance with the examine from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
“No matter what top predator you look at, or where you look at them in the global ocean, they all spend time in the deep ocean,” mentioned Camrin Braun, an assistant scientist on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “All of these animals that we think of as being residents of the surface ocean, use the deep ocean way more than we previously thought.”
The scientists checked out information from 344 digital tags over the course of 46,659 monitoring days for 12 species within the North Atlantic Ocean, together with white sharks, tiger sharks, whale sharks, Yellowfin tuna, swordfish and extra.
These massive marine predators dive deep into the twilight zone to typically observe the actions of a dense layer of prey organisms, the researchers mentioned. The scientists additionally famous that the predators may very well be diving for different causes that aren’t absolutely understood.