Long, sandy beaches, turquoise water, and … great white sharks? Over the past decade, communities along the Atlantic Coast of the US have been learning to live with one of the most feared creatures of the deep.
Despite fear of sharks, people are more likely to be killed by each other than by sharks. Research suggests that around 100 million sharks - of different species - are killed every year.
Local fishermen have long reported sighting great whites offshore - but until the mid-2000s, when seal carcasses began turning up on local beaches, there was little hard evidence of their existence.
Although initially it was just a few, by 2009, marine biologist Greg Skomal says it was clear there were large numbers of the predators in the area.
"I'm sure white sharks were starting slowly to become aware of the presence of seals," he told DW, adding that they trickled in over the course of the decade. "I imagine it is a slow learning experience - it's not like they have social media to work with."
Last year, Skomal tagged more than 140 great white sharks off the coast of Chatham and off a town just to the north, Orleans. But it is still unclear how many more could be in the waters along the Atlantic coast of Cape Cod.
Grey seals are thought to be the main magnet for the predatory fish. A main source of food for the sharks, seals had been hunted to the brink of extinction along the US East Coast, but the introduction of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972 changed that. Over the last 40 years, their numbers have swelled.
The coast of Cape Cod has consequently become one a few places in the world - besides Western Australia and South Africa - where white sharks congregate. But while Australia recorded 33 attacks in 2015 (two of which were fatal), Cape Cod has seen just one since 1936.
The great white shark is the world's largest predatory fish. It has 300 teeth - although they don't chew their food, according to WWF.
This was in 2012, when a man was swimming with his son a in Truro, up the coast from Chatham. They were looking for a good body-surfing spot a couple hundred meters offshore when a great white bit him. He survived the encounter.
Nonetheless, Skomal says it's just a matter of time before someone is killed. "Almost anywhere in the world where you get these concentrations of white sharks, you do get interactions - you get bites. And in some cases, they are fatal," he told DW. "We try not to bury that fact even though we emphasize that the probability is extremely low."
And rather than trying to drive away its new marine residents, the town has implemented measures such as tracking apps and early warning systems to raise the alarm if they get too close to swimming beaches, says Dan Tobin, parks and recreation director for Chatham.
"So far there have been no problems, there's a good communication system now when sharks are spotted and everybody is in the loop as to being notified about this very quickly," he told DW. "The modern age of technology has been very helpful and continues to improve as each year goes by."
Fascination with fear
Skomal credits the town's ability to embrace the arrival of the feared sea creature to awareness campaigns and information on the marine animals' whereabouts. "There's a lot more fascination than fear. People may have stopped swimming 100 meters from shore, but they haven't stopped going to the beach.