It is only recently that summer on Cape Cod came to also mean shark season. Although Great Whites have always been present in the waters off of the Cape, sightings became more frequent in 2010, and in 2012 a man was bitten while bodysurfing, raising public interest.
The sharks will most likely be here as long as the seal population around Monomoy Island remains. Whether you spot a shark or not, two local companies have given locals and tourists a way to acknowledge the presence of these big fish in the North Atlantic in the form of hoodies and t-shirts.
Chatham Whites, created by Justin Labdon, owner of Cape Cod Beach Chair, offers a variety of apparel for men, women and kids (and even dogs!) with their trademarked image of the Great White shark in different themes, such as All-American and patterns, such as polka dots.
The Monomoy White, named after the sharks’ feeding ground, also offers t-shirts at their Hyannis store with their branding for men, women and kids in a variety of styles and colors. A portion of every sale goes to benefit the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.