Great white sharks were spotted on Cape Code, earlier this week. The fierce marine predators were devouring the dead body of a whale. The sight of them led to the closing of three Cape Cod beaches.
Head authorities in the town of Truro, Massachusetts, decided to close three Cape Cod beaches after reports of great sharks being too close to the shore. Six sharks have been spotted devouring the carcass of a minke whale, which put the authority on alert for the safety of citizens.
Visitors to Cape Cod beaches should know that, for this weekend, there is a restriction for going swimming and sunbathing in the following places:, Beach Point, Noons Landing, Cold Storage.
The dead body of the whale has been identified as the carcass of a minke whale (a small sized cetacean, in comparison to its relatives), which most probably must have hit the beach. It was found at about two miles away from shore.
The sharks must have attacked the whale in at most 24 hours after its death, drawn by the scent of blood that rapidly spreads in the water. Authorities tend to think so because of the reporting on the sight of the dead body of the minke whale.
Marine biologist Greg Skomal comment on the event:
“Given the sharks were on whale and the whale was a mile or two from land, whale did wash ashore, it makes sense for folks take a precautionary sense for a day or two.”
Scientists at the Center for Coastal Studies have been keeping track of the dead body of the whale, in order to know how to deal with the situation.
Officials in Truro intend to remove the remains and clean the Cape Cod beaches so that the activity at the seaside should begin as soon as possible. Local people’s business might be affected if there are no visitors on the beach, and the situation also interferes with the plans of tourists. So it’s better for everyone that the beaches should be cleaned and the warning removed as soon as possible.
If you haven’t visited any of the Cape Cod beaches yet, you should now. It is the perfect season, and there are many more beaches you can choose from, aside from the affected area.
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