Great White Sightings Prompt Cape Cod Swim Ban

For first time, officials tag Atlantic great white sharks
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2009 4:51 PM CDT
This image provided by the Massachusets State Division of Marine Fisheries shows a great white shark swimming in the waters near Cape Cod Mass. in Oct. 2004.   (AP Photo/Massachusets State Division of Marine Fisheries)
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(Newser) – Several Cape Cod beaches have banned swimming this weekend after four great white sharks were spotted prowling the waters, the Cape Cod Times reports. Shark expert Gregory Skomal and his crew tagged two of them—described as 8 and 10 feet long—with high-tech trackers. It was a rare instance of experts tagging Atlantic great whites to follow their migratory patterns. "From a scientific perspective, it's fantastic," said Skomal.
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