Join the great white shark trackers here Aug. 4

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sharkWith great white sharks back at Chatham, and probably closer than that (one washed up here last year), Massachusetts Audubon invites all to learn much more about these apex predators.

Members of OCEARCH, an organization that uses tagging and satellite tracking to follow great white sharks, will visit Mass Audubon’s Stone Barn Farm, located at 786 East Horseneck Road in South Dartmouth, on Sunday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon.

This is a chance to meet crew members and scientists from the History Channel’s show Shark Wranglers and learn about their research and conservation efforts involving great whites in Massachusetts waters.

Last September, a 13-foot great white washed up near the Little Compton/Westport town line and drew crowds of spectators and researchers. A few years earlier one became trapped in a pond near Hadley’s Harbor in the Elizabeth Islands not far from Westport.

Using a multimedia presentation, the presenters will describe the sharks’ travels, their feeding patterns and much more.

This program is suitable for families (children 8 and up encouraged to attend).  Cost for Mass Audubon members is $25 for adults, $10 for children. Non-member cost is $30, $15 for children with 50 percent of program proceeds being donated to the OCEARCH to continue their work in our waters.  There will be a question and answer period at the end of the program – public safety officials are encouraged to attend.  Space is limited and preregistration is recommended.  Register online through the Mass Audubon website or call 508-636-2437 to register/pay by phone.

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