Tagged Great White Sharks Off the Coast of New Hampshire

There was a time that New Englanders didn't have to worry about sharks in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, but that time has passed.  According to aol.com, tagged great white sharks have been detected off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire.

There is a very, very low chance of interaction with a shark, but still.  We've seen the movie.

See Those Orange Balls in the Water Off of Rye Beaches?  They're Shark Detectors.


The Town of Rye installed shark detectors back in 2022 to monitor shark activity.  If a shark comes within 1,500 feet of the buoy, the data is captured and retrieved every November.  Rye Fire Rescue, along with several partners, will read the data once a year, according to town.rye.nh.us. 

I wish they would read the data more than once a year.

The orange buoys are not meant to alert shark activity in real time to lifeguards and other authorities.  Real time receivers do exist, but they're much more expensive.  Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has real time receivers, as the shark activity is much more active.

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The tagged great whites are the minority of the sharks that are swimming in the water, so where there is a tagged shark, chances are, there are more.

Last year, there were six sharks detected off the coast of Rye, according to the data.

In an effort to calm my nerves (and maybe yours), the great white shark's preference for food is not human.  According to natgeokids.com, humans aren't even on the menu.  Researchers believe that sharks are just wondering how we taste, so they are likely to take a bite, then swim off.

Not too calming, I understand, but we needed something, didn't we?

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