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Shark Sightings Force Changes To Popular Provincetown Swim

Shark Sightings Force Changes To Popular Provincetown Swim


. SHARK SIGHTINGS LIKE THIS ONE ARE BECOMING A REGULAR OCCURRENCE ON CAPE COD. AND TONIGHT THEY’RE FORCING A CHANGE TO A DECADES OLD TRADITION IN PROVINCE TOWN. ORGANIZERS FOR THE SWIM FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER SAY IT’S NO LONGER SAFE FOR SWIMMERS TO HEAD OUT DEEP INTO THE HARBOR. MORE THAN 160 GREAT WHITE SHARKS SPOTTED ON THE CAPE THIS SUMMER. AS BILL SHIELDS EXPLAINS, RACE PLANNERS NOW REROUTING THE COURSE. IT’S ENGRAINED IN THE COMMUNITY. DURING THE PAST 30 YEARS THE PROVINCE TOWN SWIM FOR LIFE HAS BECOME A MAJOR SUMMER EVENT. BUT NOW, SO TOO HAS THIS. NO WAY. OH MY GOD. THE EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF GREAT WHITE SHARKS AROUND CAPE COD FORCED A CHANGE IN THE SWIM FOR HIGH EVENT. THE ROUTE HAS ALWAYS BEEN FROM LONG POINT AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE HARBOR TO THE TOWN CENTER, 1.4 MILES. NOW, IT WILL BE CLOSER TO LAND. AND THE WATER NEAR TOWN. IT’S BEEN WRITING ON THE WALL. AND IT’S A SERIOUS CONCERN. IT’S A SERIOUS CONCERN. IT’S NOT A MAJOR RISK. BUT THE RESULT WOULD BE A MAJOR CATASTROPHE. 400 SWIMMERS AND A HUGE CROWD ON LAND. AND WHILE THERE HAVEN’T BEEN ANY SHARKS SPOTTED YET, NO ONE WANTS TO SEE 400 PEOPLE IN THE WATER AND A SHARK SHOW UP. WE REALLY HAVE VISITOR SAFETY IN MIND. WHEN THEY GET IN THE WATER. AT THAT START WITH ALL THE SPLASHING, IT COULD BECOME A HAZARD, WE WANT TO AVOID THAT. WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, THE SHARKS SEEM TO HAVE CHANGED HOW WE GO ABOUT DEALING WITH

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