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Beach weather is here and so are the sharks. Scientists say it’s time to keep an eye out for white sharks

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists at a Boston aquarium are encouraging beachgoers to report white shark sightings this holiday weekend after signs of shark bites were observed on multiple marine mammals.

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in New England, and the region has already experienced beach weather. That’s a good reason to keep an eye out for sharks, often called sharks. great whitessaid John Chisholm, associate scientist at the New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life.

The aquarium recently received a report of a minke whale with a great white shark bite in Chatham, Massachusetts, and this is also the time of year when scientists expect to see sharks heading to coastal waters to hunt seals, the aquarium said Thursday.

“Even though we haven’t seen a white shark yet this season, we know they are here,” Chisholm said. “With the beach weather forecast and Memorial Day weekend approaching, this is a good reminder for people to review shark safety guidelines and be shark smart.”

It is advisable for beachgoers to be aware of the presence of sharks in shallow waters and avoid areas where seals or schools of fish are visible, Chisholm said.

The public can report white shark sightings. via Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity application. He increase in shark sightings have been a topic of conversation in New England in recent years.

Efforts are underway to better track white sharks up and down the East Coast. The White Shark Conservancy said last month it had deployed its second camera tag on a white shark.

The organization said the camera tags are critical to better understanding the northwest Atlantic white shark population. The device was attached to the fin of a female white shark off the coast of South Carolina, the organization said. The organization worked with Captain Chip Michalove to attach the “shark view” camera to the big fish.

“I never thought I’d be holding the dorsal fin of a great white shark and applying this type of technology,” Michalove said.

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