Shortly before we were to leave for our Cape Cod vacation, I got an email from one of my friends informing me that Great White sharks had been spotted at Nauset Beach. There have always been sharks present in Cape Cod waters, but never these huge Great Whites. An abundance of seals, providing a shark feast in the area, has led to these huge sharks coming into an area they are usually not seen.
Truro, the area of the Cape we would be in, was just far enough away from Nauset Beach that, though I was a little nervous, I felt we would be safe. And then a few days later, the Great Whites were sighted at the Truro beaches. I debated telling my daughter but thought it might be a good idea to keep her informed. She wasn’t too worried about her children because they wouldn’t venture far from shore, but her husband was a strong swimmer who liked to go far out for a good swim. I told her we would go to Corn Hill Beach on the bay side where sharks are usually not a problem and the big ones had not been seen.
However, on our first beach day we went to Head of the Meadow Beach on the ocean side of the Cape because all the boys wanted the big waves for body surfing. We were all vigilant, and our two little boys were actually disappointed when no shark was spotted. The next two days we went to the bayside beaches, but on our last beach day, our little guys wanted to go back to Head of the Meadow for the waves and the possibility of seeing a Great White. I was nervous because the day before, someone had been bitten by one of the sharks in Truro waters and was still in the hospital.
A couple of the lifeguards got on their paddle boards and patrolled the swimming area. Suddenly they stopped paddling and stared at the horizon. Our little guys were getting excited as they scanned the horizon, too. But what we all saw was not a Great White but a whale. We watched its waterspout spewing into the air. We stayed at the beach for a while longer, our little men still hoping that a shark would make its appearance before we had to leave.
They devised a plan for protecting the beaches from these dangerous creatures. They were going to train an army of gorillas to ride on dolphins and shoot the sharks with crossbows. They were laughing and animated as they told us about their solution to the shark problem. Aren’t little boys so cute? Here are our two:
Oh, by the way, our two little boys are well into their thirties and one is an attorney and the other is a neurogeneticist. I guess little boys never grow up. I’m just surprised they didn’t consult with
- Mass. officials confirm great white shark attack (miamiherald.com)