First white shark of season tagged in Cape Cod waters

The shark, spotted off Cape Cod, was estimated to be 12 feet long

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The first white shark of the 2022 season has been tagged off Cape Cod.

Working with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Dr. Greg Skomal, with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, injected the tag. 

"The shark was located off the Chatham north inlet and was estimated at 12 feet in length," the Massachusetts conservancy wrote. 

Skomal is seen pumping his fist in the air and screaming "Yeah!" in a Facebook video of the event. 

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FILE - A shark is seen swimming across a sandbar on Aug. 13, 2021, from a shark watch with Dragonfly Sportfishing charters, off the Massachusetts' coast of Cape Cod. Megan Winton, of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, said Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that July is when white sharks appear in earnest, with sightings peaking from August through October. 

FILE - A shark is seen swimming across a sandbar on Aug. 13, 2021, from a shark watch with Dragonfly Sportfishing charters, off the Massachusetts' coast of Cape Cod. Megan Winton, of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, said Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that July is when white sharks appear in earnest, with sightings peaking from August through October.  (AP Photo/Phil Marcelo, File)

The tags are used to monitor the shark and study its behavior. 

The Conservancy's app, Sharktivity, allows users to track confirmed and unconfirmed shark sightings off of Cape Cod.

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CAPE COD, WELLFLEET, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES - 2019/09/04: Shark warning and beach advisories (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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The app shows 15 sightings and detections of known sharks like Warren and Terp in the area over the past two days. 

The Conservancy notes that the increased presence of white sharks close to beaches off of Cape Cod has been tied to surges in seal populations.

Chatham, MA - August 11: Shark warning signs at Lighthouse Beach on August 11, 2021 in , Chatham, MA.

Chatham, MA - August 11: Shark warning signs at Lighthouse Beach on August 11, 2021 in , Chatham, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

Gray seals are a favored food source for white sharks and have recolonized the region.

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White sharks also eat fish, squid and other sharks.