There is still snow on the ground and more to come, but with eyes toward the summer, some people are already worrying about the sharks that summer off Cape Cod.

Last year there were two vicious shark attacks in the waters off of Cape Cod. One man survived and one man died. Both attacks were avoidable.

If the people had not gone in the water where there are sharks, neither would have been attacked. They didn't need to go into the water, they wanted to go into the water. They didn't need to go into the water off the Cape, they decided to go into that particular section of the ocean.

It isn't the shark's fault; they didn't know they were attacking a human being with friends and family that care about them. The sharks don't know their feeding frenzy causes a media frenzy.

I enjoy going swimming in the ocean and I don't want to get attacked by a shark. So I don't swim exactly where the great white sharks are known to feed in the summer. There are sharks in the ocean, so we all swim at our own risk. Or we don't. Lots of people swim in pools and lakes or not at all.

Talk of killing off the sharks and the seals they feed on is ridiculous. Building barriers in the ocean will likely to be a big dollar boondoggle government project. How many people will the government have to employ every year to inspect and repair the underwater nets to keep the sharks away?

Millions of people swim in the ocean off Cape Cod during the warm months. One person died last year and it is tragic, but let us not overact.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 


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