Summer’s here and that means it’s shark season again!
Last week, a Massachusetts State Police helicopter captured this video of three 25′ basking sharks swimming 200 yards off the beach in Wellfleet.
But have no fear, basking sharks are harmless to humans. They are often mistaken for great white sharks due to their size. The basking shark is a passive feeder, filtering zooplankton, small fish, and invertebrates from up to 2,000 tons of water per hour. They feed at or close to the surface with their mouths wide open and gill rakers erect.
Don’t worry, the great whites will be back soon. Remember last summer when a great white attacked two women in a kayak 100 yards off Manomet Point? Yea, now that was scary!!!