The surfers at Nauset Beach were just a few feet away from the shore line when a savage shark ripped into a seal and a huge trail of blood appeared on the surface of the water.
The beach reopened to swimmers about four hours after the incident.
It said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that the proposal is "ill-considered, indiscriminate, and will not influence beach safety".
"It actually was about 75 yards south of our lifeguarded beach, but that's fairly close", said Tevyaw.
The last shark attack on a human in the Cape Cod area was in 2012 near Truro, and no one has been fatally attacked by a shark there since 1936. More details will be shared as we have them. "I'm sorry for the seal, though, of course", O'Brien added.
The run-in comes after a spate of beach closures due to shark sightings, including at Nauset Beach, where a great white was seen on video attacking a seal not far from the shore and near some surfers.
These incidents come at a time when local officials are debating how to best keep Cape Cod's beaches safe. Sharks would be caught on these barrels and killed. "Great white sharks comprise about 30 percent of my daily work right now and I never, ever thought that would be a thing".
"For me to go near water again, it'll take some time", said Schlinger.
"Between those years, I don't know of any white shark attacks", Skomal told the Herald.
Beaty agrees about the seals, but thinks more immediate action is necessary. In 2014, Massachusetts Marine Fisheries recorded 68 shark sightings and the number jumped to 147 by 2016.