Published on : Wednesday, July 30, 2014
This summer a big attraction for tourists in Cape Cod is Great white sharks. Credit goes to the efforts of Captain Bill Chaprales and his son Nick, they are also known as the Cape Cod Hunters. According to the Cape Cod Shark Hunters website, Chaprales and his son have been tagging great whites since 2009 by using a specialized pole that the captain created himself in order to “minimally harm the animal being tagged.”
Cape Cod “is like the next great hot spot for great whites in the world,” Chaprales said, according to the Inquisitr. “Every time we tag a shark, it’s an unbelievable thrill. That kind of research, you’ve really got to continue for years.” When it comes to studying Cape Cod’s great white sharks, he says that “We’re really just scratching the surface.”
Chaprales and his son have been featured in Shark Week programs like “Jaws Comes Home” and “Return of Jaws.”
The great white rebirth has been credited to a healthy population of seals in Cape Cod, along with years of conservation efforts designed to protect the species.
Since 2009, Chaprales has tagged 39 sharks with a %100 success rate.
Tagging white sharks isn’t cheap however, as each radio tag costs $7,000. In order to raise money for the nonprofit Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Chaprales is also offering a shark spotting safari.