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Researchers Spot More Than A Dozen Great Whites Off Cape Cod

CHATHAM (AP) — Researchers say they spotted more than a dozen great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod last week.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy president Cynthia Wigren says 17 great white sharks congregated off Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham on Thursday. That's nearly double the number researchers typically see during a trip at this time of the year.

Wigren says it was the biggest day of the season in terms of the number of sharks that were identified.

The conservancy tracks sharks by plane and boat twice a week in the summer. Wigren says the number of sightings could grow in September due to the high activity they've seen this season.

Scientists say more sharks have been coming to Cape Cod because of growing numbers of prey such as seals.

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