Officials issue Great White Shark safety tips

In this 2015 photo provided by Discovery Channel, a great white shark researcher stands in the clear shark cage while a great white shark swims by during an episode of "Shark Week." The television series returns Sunday, July 5, 2015, with 19 hours of prime-time programming including "Shark Island" with shark specialist Craig O'Connell, airing 8 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 12. (Discovery Channel via AP)

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Cape Cod officials are reminding visitors how to stay safe as great white sharks begin their annual return to the tourist destination.

The Cape Cod National Seashore said in an advisory this week that visitors should swim close to shore, where their feet can touch bottom.

They should also swim in groups, avoid swimming alone at dawn or dusk, limit splashing, not wear shiny jewelry and not swim near seals, which are prey for sharks.

Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price notes sharks are spending more time in Cape Cod waters because the seal population is booming.

He says the great whites rarely bite humans, though there was an incident in Truro in 2012.

North Carolina has also seen a spate of shark attacks recently, including one that injured a visiting Massachusetts man.

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