There has been a LOT of discussion on the Seacoast about sharks, mostly because there have been a TON of them spotted off the coast all over New England.

Two weeks ago, 160 whales and shares were spotted off the coast of Cape Cod. And just yesterday, six great white sharks were tracked off the coast of Maine, according to an I95 article.

Yes, there are sharks in our oceans. But there are certain times of the year when they are more of a threat in our neck of the woods. Well, not woods. More like waters and beaches like Hampton, Short and Long Sands, and York.

Did you know there is a way to track sharks swimming in the same waters as you?

This website, Ocearch, has a "shark tracker" feature.

If you click the link, it will bring you to a map of the world with sharks tracked all over. It also provides locations of sharks that the organization has tagged. Each one is given a name.

That is why people were posting for weeks about a shark named Anne Bonny last June. For weeks, the tracker showed the nine-foot, three-inch white shark really close to Hampton Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the Seacoast.

Again, there are ALWAYS sharks in our oceans. And not all are tagged. So there are more in the waters than are on the Ocearch map.

All that said, if you are a squeamish swimmer, are afraid of sharks, or plan on going for an open-water swim, you can use the shark tracker map for a little confidence boost.

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