Officials Restrict Chatham Beach Visits After White Shark Is Tagged

August 2nd, 2010 - 7:49 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
fire7Chatham, England, Aug 2, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Division of Marine Fisheries in Chatham has reported that a giant white shark has been tagged in the waters of the Chatham beaches and now it seems that it is the shark which has attracted more tourists to the island rather than its waters. In fact this phenomenon of shark spotting has been one of the chief factors responsible for drawing several tourists to Chatham for several years in the past.

It is the summer season and the warm Chatham waters become the breeding grounds for seals, report marine biologists. It is these seals which in turn serve as fodder to the white sharks which frequent Chatham waters only during the summer. This year as many as eight white sharks were spotted by the mariners who set out on a sea expedition, while one of the great white sharks was tagged. This tagged sea creature measures at 12 feet and was attacked by the captain of a boat by a harpoon which he used to pin the tail of the white shark. The tagged white shark was first spotted in the waters of the Monomoy Island.

Marine biologists report that the white sharks may visit the Chatham waters for another two months, for as long as the warm weather persists. Authorities have issued warnings to the tourists and residents of Chatham to stay away from deep waters in order to avoid any uncalled for accident. People have also been advised to maintain a safe distance from seals seen in the waters because it is these seals which attract the giant white sharks in the first place.

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