Bill Chaprales on the hunt for the elusive great white sharks

July 28, 2014 1:52 PM

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Bill Chaprales on the hunt for the elusive great white sharks

Captain Bill Chaprales and his son, Nick, run a commercial fishing business, maintaining 800 lobster traps and hauling in bluefin tuna. As the Cape Cod Shark Hunters, they have also become a key part of the Cape’s burgeoning research into the rapid increase of shark sightings in recent years. As seen on the Shark Week specials “Jaws Comes Home” and “Return of Jaws,” father and son have been tagging great whites since 2009, using a specially designed pole that Captain Billy invented.

A. We tagged the first great white in the North Atlantic with a satellite pop-up tag in 2009. That year we tagged five, when they first showed up in numbers. Since then we’ve tagged 39, working with Greg Skomal [of the state Division of Marine Fisheries]. I did a lot of work in the early ’90s taggin...

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