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There are 4 comments on Sharks Return to the Spotlight. So Does Greg Skomal.

  1. Let me tell you about my sympathy for the wealthy enclaves and businesses catering to tourists on Cape Cod. I have none. I grew up in Massachusetts in the early 70’s when a trip to Cape Cod was frequently derided as the ‘poor man’s vacation’. We stayed in Brewster in some very beat up cottages on a stretch of sand that was mostly deserted in either direction. The ocean roared in our ears at night.
    My brokeass church group went every Memorial Day Weekend. As the tide retreated, we clammed to our heart’s content and then fashioned sprawling seaweed entrenched, smoke filled bonfires waterside. A hodgepodge of the sea’s bounty simmering within. There were no fire regulations or worries about red tide. In those days, Cape Cod was the dream that modern day vacationers seek but rarely find.
    Did I mention that it was quiet, quiet… Quiet? Solitude and the ocean. Solitude and the waves. Solitude and the sand.

    Now they have turned the Cape into an upperclass promised land equaling Long Island or parts of Newport. Every bush, rock, embankment and shell has been landscaped to death. Imposing fences and ‘private way’ signage have replaced many of the ubiquitous water views. The wild and the quiet are gone. They are substituted by the blare of car horns, the blight of boat traffic and/or the demeaning stare of the noblesse oblige should you venture down an oceanside street where you do not belong. You can’t vacation on or near the water without a generous slice of estate funding. If you lack the resources, you are excluded from the paradise where you might have formerly traveled penniless and content.

    My friends, the sharks have come home to roost. The comeuppance is long overdue. They say when the poor have nothing, they will eat the rich. An army of great whites have heeded the call and encircled the Pequod hungry for the remaining legs of it’s hubris laden populace. Let the McMansion’s property values slowly slide until entire villas are swallowed and the sea has reclaimed the shore.

  2. I appreciate Greg Skomal’s advocacy of compassionate coexistence with seals and sharks. As he notes, people have to manage their own behavior.

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