Close banner

Support Outside Online

Love Outside?

Help fund our award-winning journalism with a contribution today.

Contribute to Outside

Sharks Sightings Close MA Beaches

Night swimming banned

Recent shark sightings off Cape Cod have prompted officials in Chatham, Massachusetts to ban night swimming and keep swimmers away from beaches frequented by seals. Under the new moratorium, swimmers may not enter the water on east-facing beaches between sunset and sunrise. The ban also prohibits swimmers from venturing within 300 yards of seals, one of the sharks' most common sources of food. But tourists continue to flock to Chatam—only now they're looking for sharks and seals instead of swimming. There have been 35 great white shark sightings off Cape Cod so far this summer, an increase over past years that likely reflects a growing seal population.


Support Outside Online

Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.

Contribute to Outside
Filed To: News