Researcher to speak at Harvard about Cape Cod’s white sharks

Great White Shark on the Cape
Great White Shark on the Cape –Wayne Davis / Atlantic White Shark Conservancy via AP

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A prominent Massachusetts shark researcher is speaking at Harvard about his work studying the growing great white shark population off Cape Cod.

Greg Skomal, a scientist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries, will deliver a lecture Tuesday evening at the university’s Museum of Natural History covering the behavior, ecology, natural history and population dynamics of white sharks. He’ll also discuss how scientific research can help sharks and humans coexist.

Skomal has been studying and tracking Atlantic white sharks for more than three decades, especially off Cape Cod.

Officials in the famous tourist destination are launching efforts to mitigate shark attacks ahead of this year’s beach season. The region dealt with two shark attacks on people last summer, including the state’s first fatal one in more than 80 years.