The mission of SharkBytes in part is to improve shark and human relations by educating the public regarding shark related incidents. In doing so, we like to inform the public on points such as sharks are not as dangerous as portrayed and the likelihood of actually getting bitten by a shark is extremely low. However, it is difficult to do in areas like Cape Cod where they have seen an increase in shark activity. So what can the residents of Cape Cod do then?
First off, it is imperative that beachgoers understand the risks before entering the water. In light of last years shark activity, it’s something that Cape Cod residents know. It is also imperative that a plan is in place in the event that someone gets bitten. I praise their efforts of this community in implementing non-lethal methods in dealing with the great white population..
Last year Cape Cod had three incidents involving sharks, one resulting in death. Since then much has been done to help in the unfortunate event of a shark incident and I’m happy to see that, although proposed, none involves culling sharks or seals.
For starters, bleed control kits equipped with items to treat wounds are being placed on beaches to aid in traumatic situations where a person has been bitten by a shark. Also, Stop the Bleed classes are being offered to members of the general public so the will know what to do in such an event.
Towns are gearing up as well. Many have invested in all-terrain vehicles so that injured persons can be removed from the beach more efficiently. Also, In addition to increasing lifeguard coverage, beaches with spotty cell phone signals are being equipped with emergency call boxes so that 911 can be easily reached.
They are also in the process of determining what shark deterrent method to use but do not anticipate getting anything in place any time soon. One method that has been discussed is using buoys equipped with sonar so seals won’t enter public swimming areas. Some question the effectiveness of the method. Seals have been known to adapt by swimming with their heads above water. Either way, having the conversation is a step in the right direction.
It’s refreshing and we commend the Cap Cod community in putting positive solutions in place. Some good advice SharkBytes always gives people when asked is don’t swim with prey. If you see a seal, get out of the water and remember we are guests in their house.