Great White Shark Swims Right Next to Cape Cod Shore in Photos From Onlookers

Beachgoers at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, have snapped fascinating images of a great white shark swimming extremely close to the shore.

In the images captured by members of the Kulis Cup Facebook group, the fin of the shark can be seen protruding out of the water just a few feet away from the Race Point Beach in Provincetown.

"This is a good example and reminder of how close to shore white sharks can get," the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) said in a Facebook post.

Over the past decade, the waters off Cape Cod have become one of the world's great white shark hotspots. The animals gather at the site in significant numbers every year to hunt seals—whose population has also exploded in recent years, according to the AWSC.

Tagging data shows that peak white shark activity in the area occurs in August, September and October. There have been a number of sightings already off the Cape this summer, the AWSC's "Sharktivity" map shows.

The AWSC said that great whites are known to hunt and feed in shallow waters, urging people to be aware of their presence at this time of year.

"As the fall season approaches, we would like to remind everyone that white sharks are still off of the Cape Cod coastline. Remember to be shark smart," the AWSC tweeted last Friday, alongside a video showing one of the animals swimming next to an ecotourism boat.

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A great white shark swims just feet away from the shore at Race Point Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Kulis Cup friends and family

Last month, a photographer captured a spectacular image of a large great white from another ecotourism boat in clear waters off Chatham, Cape Cod.

"We often refer to views of white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod as 'purple smudges' since the water can be murky, making them challenging to see," the conservancy said in a tweet. "This image of a white shark is an example of the opposite, when the water is clear and the views are stunning!"

On Tuesday morning, swimmers were ordered to leave the water at two Cape Cod beaches—Maguire Landing and LeCount Hollow—after a great white shark sighting was confirmed in the area.

Marine research organization OCEARCH, which tracks sharks around the world, thinks that there may be two sub-populations of white sharks in the northwest Atlantic based on evidence from monitoring data.

"The two sub-populations are distinguished by which late summer and fall feeding aggregation site they utilize," OCEARCH's founding chairman and expedition leader Chris Fischer previously told Newsweek. "One sub-population aggregates during the late summer and fall in Cape Cod and the other population aggregates in Atlantic Canada."

"We've observed that white sharks aggregate in either Cape Cod or Atlantic Canada to feed, with only a very small portion of the population utilizing both. These feeding aggregations sites offer a change in diet compared to where they spend the rest of the year off the southeast coast. Both Cape Cod and Atlantic Canada offer a chance to feed on prey such as seals, which are not available on the southeast coast."

Three great white sharks that OCEARCH is tracking have "pinged" recently in the region around Cape Cod. These "pings" occur when monitoring devices fitted to the fin of the sharks breaks the surface of the water, sending a signal to a satellite.

A 10-foot-long female great white named "Andromache" pinged just east of Nantucket Island on September 6, very close to the location where an 8-foot-long male known as Beacon pinged on Wednesday. Meanwhile, another white shark called "Martha" also pinged today south of the island.