Don’t get me wrong, I can swim and I like swimming, but I don’t like taking my chances with those bitey fishies, and statistics be damned. I am sure that most people who get attacked probably think “it will never happen to me” but I don’t want to come out of the water looking like this seal.
When I was a kid, I used to spend more time out on the Cape, usually in the Eastham/Wellfleet area since my aunt and uncle had a place there. And Marconi Beach is a great beach, if you have never seen it. The sand is very fine and very firm and the surf is good, sometimes quite impressive.
So having spent a lot of time out there, I was a bit surprised to see that Marconi Beach was closed today after a shark was sighted a mere 30 yards from shore. The shark was spotted by an NPS lifeguard and confirmed by a park ranger. Since seals are sometimes seen around there, I am guessing it was probably a great white but they were unable to confirm the type.