Claire Corlett

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Shark Safety Video

Shark Safety Video

So here on the coast of Cape Cod we have
for the very first time predictable access to great white sharks
so now we’re just starting to learn about the basic biology and ecology of
this species. Where does it go? What does it do? Not
only where does it spend its time around Cape Cod, but where does it go when it
leaves here? How does it work in to the natural
history the biology of this animal, its movement patterns and critically how
many are here each summer? I think if I told you there
are 10 out here you’d think one thing if I told you there are a thousand out here
you think something else. So answering that important question
about the numbers of white sharks here is also important part of our research. You’ll see things posted at the beach or
hear word of mouth where maybe there were predations or they saw sharks, so your eyes and ears are always open to
information about what’s going on. Also the biologists and the people
tagging sharks are using spotter planes and also boats to tag sharks and so when
you see the spotter planes and the boats, sort of gives you an indication as to
where sharks might be and and given time during that day not to say there are
other sharks that are roaming around that aren’t being tagged or haven’t been
located but that’s just the new reality, see who’s tagging where the where
the planes are and then also just being aware we’ve seen giant pod of seals
probably not a good idea to go paddle out in the middle of those guys and surf. We’re working to make sure that whether
people are regulating on the National Seashore beach or a town beach that when
they go there, they are aware of what’s in the water and that no matter if they
come here speaking English or from another part of the world will be able
to look at our purple flags and see that white shark symbol on there and know that when that flags flying that
there’s a risk of a white shark in the water. Our main role now has changed in that
now our focus is on educating the public and letting them know that the the fear
is real that there are sharks in the water and you have to be vigilant about,
you know, where you are in the water you never swim alone, don’t swim at dusk or dawn, don’t swim
where there are seals, and there are a lot of them, swim in front of lifeguards,
listen to the lifeguards and always be aware that there is it up a danger out
there and it’s for real. One of the things that the working group
did a few years ago they put together a shark safety brochure. So, some of the quick things that you can
do and be aware of when you go in the water. If there’s a receiver located near your
hometown, whether it be on the south shore or off the Cape. If we have data off that receiver you’ll
be able to track and look at the updates from that that information will be
stored on the app as well as the push notification, So if one is spotted but
then what’s also great is with the app if you’re out on the water and you spot
a shark you can report it. So you can take photo
evidence and you can submit it and then, you know, you’re kind of part of the
research team and that you get to submit that to be reviewed by the science team. So far the towns who are embracing the
Sharks it’s a unique scenario, and people are are learning to coexist and
in many ways there and you know they love these animals as much as I do. But, you know if there is a situation, a fatal attack on a human being that can
all change quite dramatically. That’s why I believe it’s really, really
important to you know be very, very forthright with the general public, with
the towns. Work closely with the towns. Let’s get all the information we’re
collecting out on the table so we can all see it. We can all learn about these
animals learn to assess the risk educate the public and all come under the same
tent when it comes to to you know living together with white sharks. Part of the
working groups goals and making sure as a community we are all on the same page
with our message. That way, moving into the future, as the research comes along
on white sharks we’ll all be able to communicate to each other and know what
kind of solutions are in our best interest for sharing our recreation area
with animals that are in their natural habitat.

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