Fitbit for Sharks

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Fitbit-like tags researchers like Nick Whitney about what sharks have been up to.
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People track how much exercise they get using a Fitbit, and now there’s a similar device for sharks.

These accelerometer tags use the same computer chip as the human Fitbit and track how many times a day a shark beats its tail, and any changes in body pitch and posture, and also record the shark’s orientation. All that, plus the depth and temperature of the water.

A computer model developed by Chris Lowe's lab shows that Cape Cod could become a baby shark nursery.
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Cape Cod has seen a dramatic increase in the number of great white sharks frequenting our waters since 2009. Most have been adults, but sightings of baby white sharks are also on the rise.

Now there’s research that points to Cape Cod as the next great white shark nursery.

Chris Lowe, professor of marine biology and director of the Shark Lab at California State University at Long Beach, has been studying this possibility.

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May 29th marks the 100th birthday of John F. Kennedy, the nation’s 35th President. Ann Mulligan of Brighton has a family connection to the late president. Her mother spent 49 years as the personal assistant to Cardinal Richard Cushing, who was Archbishop of Boston from 1944 to 1970. Cardinal Cushing was a close friend of the Kennedy family, officiating at JFK’s marriage to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in 1953, and at his funeral Mass 10 years later following the President’s assassination in Dallas.

Poetry Sunday: Leo Thibault

May 28, 2017
Debra Johnson

Leo Thibault reads his poem, "Liturgy at Fort Hill."

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This August, the United States is going to see a total solar eclipse. It's a rare event, and if you haven’t already finalized your summer plans, you may want to put yourself in a place to witness it.

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran rounds up the top local news stories of the week with several area journalists.


The end of Spring means a busy time on Beacon Hill, as lawmakers begin to finalize the state budget and bring some bills to the floor for votes.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan to go over some of the happenings in the capital. 

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Sometimes it seems as if black sea bass are a little overlooked around Cape Cod, with all the talk that happens about striped bass fishing. But if you've ever eaten black sea bass, you know this is a real injustice.

Ali Berlow

Claus is a 3rd grader at the Chilmark School, and he was one of my lunch buddies. We sat together in the school’s makeshift cafeteria, in the community center next to the school. Fresh fish, pollock, was on the menu, and Claus wasn’t all that sure about it.

Tales of Cape Cod

May 25, 2017

What do Abigail Adams, Lizzie Borden, Cape Verde, and John F. Kennedy have in common? All are part of the rich fabric of Cape and Islands history. We’ll discuss some of the intriguing and surprising historical figures, and stories of our region that are part of Tales of Cape Cod Summer Lecture Series.