The weather is heating up and more and more swimmers are headed to the beach.  Have you wondered what those bright, yellow buoys off the coast of the Massachusetts beaches are?

They are called shark buoys and are intended to help researchers detect tagged sharks on the waters off the coast in real-time and give a warning to swimmers, according to

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Continues its Work

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has tagged around 330 sharks that continue to make the trek back to our area, the news station reported.   All of the buoys that are being placed by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy off the coast are being placed strategically.

They are aiming for areas that are popular swimming spots, the news station reported.

The Buoys Should Help Notify Swimmers Quickly of Shark Activity

Mike DiMeo, the Marshfield Harbormaster tells “The most cause for alarm is the same sharks continue to come back to south shore waters.  Marshfield, Duxbury, Scituate, and Plymouth.  The same sharks are migrating back each year.”

They are working hard to secure the funding to maintain the buoys.  The buoys cost $2,500 each, according to the news station. The real-time data tracking would alert those swimming to quickly get out of the water.

In my mind, if I see a yellow buoy in the water, I know there has been a shark there at some point so heck no, I will stick to swimming in lakes.  I think it’s great that the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy continues to study shark behavior in our area but for now, I am sticking to dry land.


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