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Why This Matters: Shark attacks of humans are rare, and as we have often emphasized, humans are more dangerous to sharks than the other way around. We love the way these kids react in the video — with wonder and amazement rather than fear or a desire to conquer. The fact that top predators like sharks are more evident along the Atlantic coast is a good sign for these coastal ecosystems. Sharks and most of their food sources have been protected under federal laws like the Endangered Species Act for a couple of decades and these laws are apparently working.
Sharks Spotted at the Cape
According to KSBW8, during one week at the end of June, researchers spotted 12 great white sharks in the vicinity of Cape Cod Bay.
Then, just last week, Head of the Meadow Beach on the Cape was ordered closed to swimmers after several sharks were photographed swimming close to shore, CNN affiliate WHDH reported.
Shark researchers say that the sharks tend to head up to Cape Cod rather than frequenting Rhode Island’s coast because there are aren’t enough seals in the waters off Rhode Island to cause the sharks to linger there.
But that has not stopped the public from being afraid — on July 3, Rhode Island state officials decided to limit swimming at two beach parks in Narragansett when a swimmer and a lifeguard claimed to see a “fin” cutting through the water — though it was likely a case of mistaken identity.
In the weirdest Valentine’s Day news ever, the city of Lakeland, Florida posted on its Facebook page last Thursday that one of its parks would be closed to the public because Florida Water Snakes were congregating there for mating. The Department of Parks and Recreation tried to reassure the public that this species is “non-venomous […]
By Patrick Ramage, Director – Marine Conservation, International Fund for Animal Welfare This World Whale Day, as whale-huggers and marine conservationists from Maui to Monterey, Monaco to Mombasa measure recent progress, there is much to celebrate. As we assess prospects for actually “saving the whales” in the 21st century, there is also much cause for […]
While many of us have probably read about Pablo Escobar’s hippos that escaped his zoo, it’s been unclear to biologists what sort of impact the hippos have had on Colombian ecosystems. There are currently 80-100 animals in the Magdalena River and researchers estimate that in 20-40 years there could be thousands. As NatGeo explained, for […]