A fascination and even obsession with sharks is in our DNA, especially since we live near the water and hear about shark sightings quite often here in New England. So, I found two outfits where you can get up close and personal with Jaws, where a spotter pilot in a helicopter looks out for sharks from above, then shares that info with your boat captain.

I personally went diving with several five to seven-foot-long Black Tip sharks a few years ago, and it was wickedly exhilarating.  Yes, my heart was beating quite fast and I had to relax and slow my breathing, which is quite the feat when you're 80 feet below sea level, but wow!  Of course, these tours are safely viewed from a boat.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

When most of us think of sharks, they're the big, bad monsters of the sea in Steven Spielberg's 1970s blockbuster, Jaws, which created our fear and fascination.  But in reality, sharks really do have their own cultural phenomenon, because deep down, we know shark attacks are rare.  Look at Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.  It's a ratings bonanza.

Even that absurdly hilarious movie franchise, Sharknado, has a cult following.

But still, we want to see them, so here's your chance.  Are you ready to get up close and personal without cage diving or SCUBA diving?  Both Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and White Shark Tours Cape Cod offer private shark-sighting tours in the area, so click those links to find out more.

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