Shark Center Chatham

Cape Cod

Stop here for the lowdown on one of the Cape's most intriguing summer residents: the great white shark. Interactive exhibits and videos aimed at kids and adults attempt to demystify the animal given a good deal of bad PR in the Cape Cod–set movie, Jaws. It's under the auspices of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (motto: 'Awareness inspires conservation').

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