A great white shark closed Nauset Beach in Cape Cod yesterday, presumably giving Richard Dreyfuss an irresistible urge to charter a boat to Massachusetts. "So I looked behind me, and that's when I saw the shark; it was pretty much right there," kayaker Walter Szulc Jr. told a local news affiliate. "It was good-sized, it had a fin sticking out, so I just turned and paddled," Szulc added nonchalantly, as if he hadn't just come within feet of prehistoric killing machine.
According to witnesses the 12 to 14-foot shark was "attracted" to a blue kayak paddling around 50 feet from shore at around 2 p.m. By 6 p.m., people were back in the water.
Great white sightings have increased in Cape Cod over the years as there is an abundance of seals in the area. "We have so many seals that it only makes sense that we will have more sightings as the years go by," Captain Joe Fitzback told MSNBC. "When there are sightings, it gets kind of hectic around here. Everyone wants to come down to see the sharks."
None as much as the children, as Karen O'Connell told the Cape Cod Times that kids ran down the beach to get a glimpse of the shark. "There were people running toward it," she said, adding that her daughter Grace was "psyched" when she heard that a shark was in the area. (Not nearly as psyched as all the adolescent-aficionado sharks who read the Cape Cod Times.)
"Sharks here are not aggressive," surf instructor Dave White says. "If you respect them, they'll respect you." Right. Now look at how massive this freaking shark is.