Swimming Season in New England Brings Warnings

It's swimming season here in New England, and if you're anything like me, you relish every moment of it.  We do, however, have to remember that when we swim in the ocean, we are in shark territory.  And there is one beach in Massachusetts where you should think twice before entering the water.

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The thought of cooling off in salt water on a hot summer day is one of life's best gifts.  It is a healing experience for the body and soul.  However, that moment of zen can be stopped on a dime with the thought of a hungry shark taking a bite out of your backside.

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According to an article from msn.com, Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, is one of the most dangerous beaches in all of New England.  The article cites a history of great white shark attacks, but that hasn't always been the case.

The Return of the Seals Brought the Sharks Back in Massachusetts

In 1972, the seal population was low, but the Marine Mammal Protection Act brought them back to a healthy population.  Sharks love seals as a tasty meal, so wherever the seals go, the sharks will follow, and they've gone right into Cape Cod Bay.

Safety Tips for Swimming in Massachusetts

One safety tip for going in the water, if you must (and I must) is to avoid swimming near the seals.  That sounds like common sense, but as I mentioned, where the seals go, the sharks go. And they also think you look tasty.

Another good safety tip: avoid swimming above your waist.  This one is tough for me.  All I want to do is dive in right up to my head. However, if I came face to face with Jaws, I would pee my pants right there in the water (as if we all haven't done that a time or two anyway).

And another thing: don't splash in the water. It seems damn near impossible, but again, do you want to see a great white right next to you and poop your pants?  The choice is yours.

If you want more tips on how to fend off a shark, keep scrolling.  There are lots of other tips if you are actually attacked by a shark.

You really can have a beautiful beach day without going in the water, so don't let it discourage you from goin.  Just heed the warnings, and maybe stay on shore.

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