The population ofhas reportedly expanded along Cape Cod peninsula, with detections on the rise.
While numbers ofon the East Coast are markedly less than , the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) has reported numbers increasing since the species was designated as a in most federal waters in the 1990s and in Massachusetts state waters in 2005.
The conservancy asserts that the rise over the past few years indicates recovery in the area. However, according to, that “stock status remains uncertain” and that an increased presence is also linked to .
on Tuesday that data from eight years ago showed there were detected along the Cape.
However, in 2020 the groupin the region – although there were notably more acoustic transmitters deployed to aid in the search.
In April, AWSC announced the first basking shark sighting off Provincetown’s Herring Cove Beach,that basking shark fins are often mistaken for white shark fins.
According to the publication, 231 individual great white sharks have been tagged bytransmitters since 2010 – a total allegedly less than reported by local researchers.
In 2019,they had tagged more sharks on the Cape than ever before.
Rhode Island’s Atlantic Shark Institute said in 2020 that they hadin nearby waters.
The most detections, according to AWSC, have been in August over the last four years. Shark season extends through the end of October.
AWSC did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the matter.
Populations have also been seen rising on the West Coast, especially as.
According toand killed by a shark are 1 in 3,748,067.
In 2018,after he was attacked at Newcomb Hollow Beach – the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts since 1936.
In addition,warn that the apex predators patrol the shoreline for seals .