For many of us just the thought of coming face-to-face with a Great White Shark is enough to send shivers down our spine.
But as the most feared andÂ deadly predators of the oceans make their annual swim to the bountiful waters of New England, USA , in which to gorge upon their favourite meal of Â grey seals, hundreds of Triathlon competitors taking part in the swimming element of the Warrior Triathlon held on September 11, will not only have to do battle against their fellow athletes, but join forces in a swimming race against time because many of these formidable giants may still be present in the waters when the competition gets under way.
Organisers for the race taking place Martha’s Vineyard are promising to do their very best to keep all 300 of the Triathlon swimmers as safe as humanly possible but it has left the majority of swimmers very apprehensive at the prospect of racing against these magnificent creatures.
There is extra cause for concern for the swimmers as the Great White Shark appears to have arrived off the shore of Chatham slightly earlier this year as more than half a dozen reports have come in of sightings of the magnificent fish.
The sharks are known to stay and feed upon the Grey Seals until September but many concerns have been voiced that the Triathlon competition is being held far too close to the time expected for the killer fish to leave the waters.
“Iâ€™m just going to kind of go and shut my eyes, and hopefully Iâ€™ll finish.
“That is my goal”, said newbie to the Triathlon competition Tom Kennedy.
The Great White Shark can be found living in many coastal surface waters in all the major oceans of the world.
This magnificent fish reaches maturity at 15-yers-old but can enjoy a life span of up to 30-years.
Some of the largest Great White Sharks can grow to more than 6 metres (20feet) in length and despite having one of the most ferocious reputations for attacking humans, a shark attack hasn’t taken place in the local vicinity for 75-years which should be comforting news for each of the Triathlon athletes.