Shark sighting Hyannis

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This past weekend there was a un-substantiated report that a Great White was chasing a seal in Hyannis Harbor just off Hyport. Having overheard heard the guard at Great Island who was warning bathers I was skeptical. This guy has shown a firearm and has generally been known to be a jerk-off to anyone near the island. What was unusual is that he did not otherwise seem antagonistic as usual, he seemed to be genuine in his warning to the swimmers in the back water. Still, I thought he was just changing his tactics to get people away from the property ;and having had run-ins with this guy (which were not pleasant experiences) I thought I would tell the Harbor master about his antics. This morning I made the call and was surprised to find out….

From NEKA

"Ohboy, I just got a call from the Natural Resource Department of Yarmouth, the gentleman confirmed that yes, on Friday July 29th a captain of one of the Ferry's did see a large shark. Evidently sighting was within Hyannis Bay between Kalmus and the Jetty. The Captain described a shark approximately 8' long. He (Natural Resource guy) went on to tell me that both Barnstable and Yarmouth have been vigilant in their monitoring of the waters as this is not the first sighting. I know, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are sharks in the sound... he also mentioned an increase in seal activity in the area which is unusual for this time of year. If you see seals, especially more than one, contact the authorities."

I'm sure some of you think this is a NIMBY rouse, believe me it is not.

Kiters beware.

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Apparently parents received

Apparently parents received same warning from the guard at GI.. Parents as well and I share the same feeling you have expressed about the run ins with him. There have seen seals over there this season. I mean the water in the cove is 82 so I dont get it!!

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You would think it be that

You would think it be that warm. On Saturday I went over there and all of us commented how cold it was in the back there, I dont get it, how could it be that cold? There must be a deep spot back there at the end or a fresh water sping. Both Bob and I had to force ourselves up to dive in, maybe when its that warm it just seems cold, I dunno.

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I speak from the weekend

I speak from the weekend before guess maybe has cooled down.. Yeah there is a nice little hold back there 14ft-18ft think.. Nothing too deep though. Should have swung by for aquapalooza saw you guys driving by

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hambone575 wrote:
I speak from the weekend before guess maybe has cooled down.. Yeah there is a nice little hold back there 14ft-18ft think.. Nothing too deep though. Should have swung by for aquapalooza saw you guys driving by

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Sam what exactly was said to

Sam what exactly was said to the parents? Have you heard any specifics? I had overheard the guard say the shark was chasing seals. Maybe he was just exagerating? When speaking with the Natural Resource guy I sensed some hesitation in saying it was a GW, and that seemed a bit odd, was he guarding info? I dunno. He didnt confirm nor deny the report of seals. He did say that there was 'A' seal in the vicinity lately and that it was a large Grey shark. I know Sand Tigers breed of Hyport and are thought to then move out to sea. I believe they are more of a Tan color. Blue sharks are, well blue, Dog fish are grey but not that big. With the shark tournament held recently we can only speculate that the shark might have come as a consequence. When speaking of large grey sharks I think of Great White, Mako, and perhhaps a Bull shark. My only experience on Nantucket Sound with sharks was off the tip of Great Island. I was sailing over the sandbar and looked back to see 3-4 foot but thick shark with a large head moving very slow over the sandbar, its color was close to black. Having heard the guy said it was grey makes me wonder if he was suggesting it was GW without having to say it. People suggest that the GW doesnt come into sahllow water because of the warmth. I say fooey, GW's go where they want when they want. They have been known to go into some very warm water climates, significantly warmer than Nantucket sound. The last reported shark attack was in Mattapoisett harbor, shallow and warm. That was an eight foot GW. The attack was a bit gruesome.

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Not sure exactly what was

Not sure exactly what was said but he did mention that there was a shark reported in the area.. They thought was more of his normal antics until I confirmed the seal in the area and seeing your report here. I have been out there off squaw and seen some big sharks 4-7ft but believe those were more sand sharks (still scared the poo out of me) however there have been known to be other breeds in the area. I doubt the GW theory but still at the same time anything is possible especially with the seal/seals in the area. There is always the possibility of a large sunfish but feel that people would quickly recognize that.

Shark tourney though more vineyard and Nantucket. Have caught my fair share of blue and makos..

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The answer is simple; it's

The answer is simple; it's shark week.

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Make the MK T shirt black and

Make the MK T shirt black and require MK to wear it when in the water? Problems solved for access?

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I watched the Shark week cape

I watched the Shark week cape cod Edition last night. Very well done, but I am wondering if I should have watched the simpsons instead.

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basking shark: Basking shark

basking shark: Basking shark 1/2 mile off Marshfield  20-25 feetbasking shark: Basking shark 1/2 mile off Marshfield 20-25 feet

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Beware, this the second

Beware, this the second largest fish species is know to eat microscopic krill and other critters it filters through its gills

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