Posted by: coastlinesproject | July 10, 2012

Cape Cod; Close Encounter with a Great White Shark.

NH man has close encounter with shark on Cape Cod

By Denise Lavoie


AP Photo/Shelly Negrotti

Walter Szulc Jr., in kayak at left, looks back at the dorsal fin of an approaching shark at Nauset Beach in Orleans, Mass. in Cape Cod on Saturday, July 7, 2012. An unidentified man in the foreground looks towards them. No injuries were reported. The previous week, a 12- to 15-foot great white shark was seen off Chatham in the first confirmed shark sighting of the season according to a state researcher. Two more sightings were reported Tuesday, July 2, 2012. The same waters are filled with seals, which draw the sharks because they are a favorite food of the animal.

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Associated Press / July 9, 2012

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ORLEANS, Mass.—Walter Szulc (Zohlts) Jr. laughed it off when his teenage daughter told him they should watch out for sharks when the family went to a Cape Cod beach over the weekend.

Szulc wasn’t laughing a few minutes later, when he looked behind his kayak and saw the fin of a great white shark within a hand’s reach.

Szulc, of Manchester, N.H., said he immediately “paddled very fast” and was grateful when he reached the shore.

A photo of Szulc looking behind him, with the shark’s fin clearly visible, has been widely distributed over the Internet.

Nauset Beach in Orleans was closed briefly Saturday after Szulc’s encounter with the shark about 50 yards from shore. The beach reopened Sunday, and there have been no shark sightings since then.

Read more in “Beach Wars,” and “Sea Level Rising; The Chatham Story.” See Strawberry Hill and UPNE tabs at the top of this page.

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