Get ready. More sharks are com­ing this way


Welcome to shark sea­son. The preda­tory fish have been mak­ing head­lines over the last few weeks as sum­mer kicks off.

Last week, we met “Freck­les,” the first great white caught on cam­era at the Cape for sum­mer 2015 by the At­lantic White Shark Con­ser­vancy.

Freck­les is the first of many sharks the area will see, bi­ol­o­gist Greg Sko­mal told Metro.

There were 68 in­di­vid­ual shark sight­ings re­ported statewide last year, Sko­mal said, and “we are likely to see sim­i­lar num­bers this sum­mer.”

South of Bos­ton, mean­while, this week­end saw the sixth per­son in one month to have been bit­ten by a shark in the wa­ters off North Carolina.

Boat cap­tain Greg Sears of Mass Bay Guides of­fered beach­go­ers and boaters some words of wis­dom for this sea­son: “Sharks’ brains are about the size of your thumb­nail and they’ve got two things on their mind, and that’s to eat and breed. They’re not here to breed.”


Freck­les, the apex preda­tor

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