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MA great white shark license plate campaign nears halfway mark

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s 60-day campaign for Massachusetts great white shark license plate pre-orders is about at the half-way mark. The minimum number of pre-orders required to make the license plate a reality is 1,500. Unfortunately, the current number of pre-orders sits at 245, according to the white shark license plate campaign site.

If you’re a Massachusetts resident who would be interested in adorning your vehicle with a snazzy-looking great white shark license plate, head on over to the campaign site and reserve your plate for $40 before time runs out. If you know a Massachusetts resident who might be interested in the plates, please spread the word.

For non-Massachusetts residents, would you be interested in a similar shark-themed license plate if your state/province offered it? Sound off in the comments below.

Massachusetts Great White Shark license plate pre-order

Massachusetts drivers may soon be able to show off a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) themed license plate, if a minimum of 1,500 of the plates can be pre-sold by June 20, 2013. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy recently unveiled the new license plates, featuring artwork by marine artist Paul McPhee.

Massachusetts waters around Cape Cod have become a renown aggregation point for white sharks during the summer months. Atlantic White Shark Conservancy have introduced the license plates with the goal of raising awareness, promoting education, and supporting research associated with Atlantic white sharks.

According to the AWSC website

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization committed to raising public awareness of white sharks.

The Conservancy supports scientific research, improves public safety, and educates the community, to inspire conservation of white sharks in the Atlantic Ocean.

If you are a Massachusetts resident, and you would like to pre-order the AWSC license plate, you can get all the information you need at the campaign website, which includes a link to the license plate order form.

Video of North Atlantic great white shark SPOT tagging

Boston’s WDHD.com has posted a video of last week’s SPOT tagging of a female great white shark in Cape Cod waters. The white shark, nicknamed “Genie” after Dr. Eugenie Clark, was out of the water for 16 minutes during the tagging process. “Genie” was measured at 14′ 8′ in length and weighed in at 2,292 lbs, according to OCEARCH’s profile of the tagged shark.

The SPOT tag will report data each time the shark surfaces. You can follow “Genie” (along with other white sharks tagged in South African waters) online at OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker page.

White shark sightings close some of Cape Cod’s beaches

NECN reports that east-facing beaches in Chatham, Massachusetts have been closed to swimming due to shark sightings and “increased activity.” A large number of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) are currently in the waters of the beaches affected by the closures. The grey seal is a natural prey item for great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), which migrate to the waters of Cape Cod in the summer months.

The beach closures were announced just before the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is one of last big beach weekends of the summer for vacationers in the area.

Video: great white shark feeds on grey seal off Monomoy Island

YouTube user GreenFinsTuna filmed this footage of a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) feeding on a grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) on August 22, 2012. The feeding event took place off of the southern tip of Monomoy Island (Chatham, MA), according to the video description. The videographer describes the shark as being “easily 15-feet long” and had been tagged with a satellite tracking tag.