Shark Sightings Off Cape Cod Bring Huge Tourism Boost

July 21, 2014 5:27 AM

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CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — Its reputation as a man-eating predator aside, the great white shark is emerging as a boon for tourism on Cape Cod. Unlike in "Jaws," in which one of the animals terrorizes a small island, the sharks that have been spotted in growing numbers are stirring more curiosity that fear — and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise.

Shark T-shirts are everywhere, "Jaws" has been playing in local movie theaters and boats are taking more tourists out to see the huge seal population that keeps the sharks coming. Harbormasters have issued warnings but — unlike the sharks in the movies — the great whites generally are not seen as a ...

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