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While the Cape is home to a diverse selection of wildlife and marine life, one particular resident making its home along the Cape is fueling an onslaught of certain types of visitors to the region.  While the gray seal may amuse people hoping to catch a glimpse or a photograph, its emergence has also drawn in great white sharks to the shores of Cape Cod.

Great white sharks love to feast on gray seals, especially when they mature to around nine to ten feet.  By this time, they’ve given up on simply supplementing their diet with fish and need something larger and more filling to sustain them.  Great whites need to feast on the seals’ blubber to get the fat they need to survive.

As for the seals, they can be quite massive, weighing up to an impressive 680

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While you’ll find a variety of marine and wildlife on and off of Cape Cod, there’s an ongoing effort to rescue one particular variety in need.  Unfortunately, more and more sea turtles have turned up in Cape Cod Bay, and they’re having a hard time making it back out again.

Often, locals and even tourists will spot the stranded turtles around early November when the water starts turning colder.  The sea turtles first make their way to the area during the warmer months.  Oftentimes it’s the juvenile turtles that get confused and end up going too far when they head north.  The mistake is fine while the water is warm, for the sea turtles have an endless supply of crabs to eat.  It’s when the weather starts cooling down again in the fall that the turtles get

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Just as people flock to Cape Cod during the late spring and summer season, so do birds and animals.  One of the most well known up and down the Cape is the piping plover.  Although the bird is well regarded by the nature-loving crowd, it sometimes is at odds with visitors forced to make alternate plans.  That’s because the piping plover is federally threatened in the state of Massachusetts, and therefore protected.  This means some parts of the Cape are off-limits to humans during certain times of the year.

If you’ve never heard of a piping plover, you soon will visiting the Cape.  In the mid 1980’s, efforts began to help restore the bird’s falling population in Massachusetts.  This led to fencing around nesting grounds and restrictions of off-road

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While the summer months bring a lot of extra visitors to Cape Cod beaches, it’s not just people swarming to enjoy the surroundings.  While extra visitors are often lured to the area by its scenery, serenity and countless options in outdoor recreation, another frequent visitor has an entirely differently plan in place.

Every year the horseshoe crab takes over several of the Cape beaches for a few select early summer nights.  The same thing has happened for millions of years.  Typically, when you visit the Cape beaches around May or June, you may just stumble upon a large number of horseshoe crabs.  This is because this time of year is peak spawning season for the crabs.

Usually the horseshoe crab will wait for a full moon.  While you may catch some

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