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Signs of white shark activity off Cape Cod, Massachusetts coastline

As the unofficial start of summer approaches, experts are warning of increased shark activity along popular Memorial Day weekend spots on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod.

New England Aquarium researchers on Thursday Issued a recommendation For those returning to the pure waters of Cape Cod.

John Chisholm, an adjunct scientist at the aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Marine Life Center, said although researchers haven’t spotted any great whites this season, they’re certainly there.

“We haven’t seen any great whites yet this season, but we know they’re out here,” Chisholm said. “The beach weather forecast is coming up with Memorial Day weekend, so this is a good time for people to review the shark safety guidelines and remind them to be shark smart.”

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With summer approaching, the New England Aquarium is urging the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report any shark sightings. (Captain Damon Burden/Pythias Sportfishing)

Experts say several marine mammals were recently found suffering from shark bites off the coast of Massachusetts, a timely warning for those braving the state’s frigid waters.

Chisholm recently photographed a seal in Plymouth with fresh bite marks.

The aquarium also received a report from a fishing charter company that a minke whale was bitten by a great white shark off the coast of Chatham, Massachusetts, on May 21.

Seal bitten by a shark

John Chisholm, an adjunct scientist at the aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Marine Life Center, also photographed a seal with fresh bite marks in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (Captain Damon Burden/Pythias Sportfishing)

Minke whale bitten by shark

The New England Aquarium received a report from a fishing boat company that a minke whale had been bitten by a great white shark off the coast of Chatham, Massachusetts. (Captain Damon Burden/Pythias Sportfishing)

The bite is a timely warning of sharks’ presence on Cape Cod’s white sand beaches.

A female great white shark was spotted twice off the coast of Alabama last month.

As temperatures rise and people head to the beaches, Chisholm and the aquarium stress the importance of “watching for sharks in shallow waters, avoiding areas where seals are present or schools of fish are visible, and staying close to shore so emergency responders can arrive if necessary.”

Cape Cod Shark

Shark Watch and Coastal Advisories for Cape Cod, Massachusetts. According to the New England Aquarium, 15 species of sharks live along the New England coastline. (John Graeme/LightRocket via Getty Images)

According to the aquarium, more than 15 species of sharks live off the New England coast at different times throughout the year.

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The aquarium noted that people can report shark sightings and get information about their activity. Atlantic White Shark Conservation Society’s Sharktivity App.

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