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Shark populations grow off the coast of Cape Cod traces ‘nightmares’ for the researcher

File photo: An undated photo of a Great White shark (Credit : REUTERS/Seachangetechnolgy)

The growing shark population off the coast of Massachusetts, a researcher in sleep.

Cape Cod experienced two separate shark attacks last year that left a man injured and a second fatal attack in September, the position of the first deadly shark attack since 1936.

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“I’ve seen what they do for the people. That bothers me,” Dr. Greg Skomal told the Boston station WCVB-TV. “I would be lying if I said I didn’t have to lie awake. I do and I have nightmares about.”

The number of shark sightings have jumped 67 percent from 2017 to 2018, the station reported.

Skomal and other shark experts told the station via e-mail that the increase in sharks is due to the growth of the seal population. Seals are estimated to number at least 50,000 along Cape Cod, making it a sufficient feasting ground for the sharks.

If the seal goes silent, some residents worry that it could lead to “more killing,” surfer John Kartsounis told the station.

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The researchers were not expected to deliver a plan dealing with the shark problem until September, depending on the station. Until then, experts are urging caution.

“As long as people are willing to take the risk and go into deep waters, where these sharks are hunting, the probability of an additional attack is quite high,” Skomal told WCVB.

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