Maine Wildlife Series


Coming Up…

Awareness Inspires Conservation: White Sharks,
 
Tuesday, July 13
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
via Zoom
 
Just how much do you really know about white sharks? Join Thomas Memorial Library and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and discover the fascinating world of the white shark. We’ll learn about the public perception of sharks and explore their role in our marine ecosystem. The ongoing white shark research taking place off the coast of Cape Cod will be explained in detail, as well as how that research is connected to white shark conservation. This evening’s program will conclude with a discussion of how the presence of white sharks close to the shore has specifically affected the Cape community. Want to learn more about these fascinating creatures but not quite ready for your own shark cage adventure? Join us virtually as we safely descend into the briny deep to come face to face with these awesome giants. We look forward to seeing you! And we promise, we don’t bite. 
 

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The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is the region’s leading white shark research non-profit organization. Since 2013, they have provided funding and resources for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries’ studies, led by state marine biologist Dr. Greg Skomal, to get a more accurate picture of shark movements as well as how many sharks take up seasonal residency in the waters off Cape Cod. In 2019, a new wave of research to better understand shark behavior began.
 
White sharks are apex predators that play a critical role in maintaining a healthy and balanced marine ecosystem. They are also considered a keystone species, meaning they are integral to the ecology they inhabit.
 
While sharks are awesome, they are also misunderstood. Many equate shark behavior with what has been shown in the infamous “JAWS” movie or with sensational stories presented in the media. AWSC’s mission to provide education to school-aged children and the public at large focuses on science-based information, debunking myths about white sharks and incorporating in a holistic understanding of marine ecosystems.
 
With the collaboration of Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, the Cape Cod National Seashore, and officials from Cape Cod and South Shore towns, AWSC developed the Sharktivity app. Users are provided information on white shark sightings, detections, and movements. AWSC’s goal is to raise awareness and help facilitate the peaceful coexistence between humans and white sharks.