Shark tourism biting off big profits in Cape Cod

July 21, 2014 11:50 AM

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Shark tourism biting off big profits in Cape Cod

CHATHAM, Mass. -- In "Jaws," the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore. As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, however, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy.

Shark T-shirts are everywhere, "Jaws" has been playing in local theatres and boat tours 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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