Top 10 Most Popular Cape Cod Wave Stories of 2018

Close encounter with a shark
Written by Cape Cod Wave
Sharks, storms, of course, and profiles of interesting Cape Codders highlight this year’s most popular Cape Cod Wave stories. And, there were videos.

It was no surprise that our two most popular stories were shark related, as sharks garnered more headlines and social media space on Cape Cod in 2018 than in any year we can recall. Sharks were seen, tagged, written about, and captured on camera.

Cape Cod Wave was at Longnook Beach when three teenage girls had a close encounter with a shark, and a month or so later we interviewed surfers in the aftermath of the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts waters in 80 years. Those were our two most popular stories.

Readers also loved our long profiles, as several are in the top 10 and several others just missed the cut. Cape Cod has some very interesting people. Everyone has a story. These stories are amazing.

And then there was Provincetown Carnival, which we shot video of and mixed with the perfect song to create our own documentary of the craziest day of the summer.

As always, you like storm photos, and you seem to agree with us about what is the best Cape Cod neighborhood.

Here is our top 10 most popular stories of 2018:

Teens’ Close Encounter With A Shark At Longnook Beach – VIDEO – Moments after three teenage girls had a close encounter with a great white shark, we interviewed them and a fisherman who witnessed it.

Cape Cod Sharks

Memorial to Arthur Medeci at Newcomb Hollow Beach, Wellfleet – CAPE COD WAVE PHOTO

Cape Cod Sharks + Surfers; A Changing Equation – In the aftermath of the fatal shark attack on 26-year-old Arthur Medici of Revere at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, there were a lot of opinions being presented. But we wondered, what did the surfers think?

Chuck Cole: Off The Grid, On The Radio & In The Community – A Profile – Chuck Cole is of the land, and he is of the sea. There is a lot about Cole, whose family roots go back to the Mayflower, that is quintessential. 

Jodi North Birchall Makes Connections – A Profile – Jodi North Birchall, the charismatic lead singer of the Rip-It-Ups, is also a longtime teacher at Nauset High School and has one of the most interesting stories, touching on American history, that we know. She is inspirational in many ways.

2018 Provincetown Carnival

Carnival 2018 – CAPE COD WAVE PHOTO

Provincetown Carnival VIDEO, 2018 – Music by Out Late With Diana Di Gioia – We saw the band Out Late With Diana Di Gioia early in the summer when she played her catchy song, “Ptown Pants” at a live concert. It immediately struck us as music that might fit perfectly with a video of the zaniness of Carnival. We believe you agree.

Young Dancer A Standout In Sea Captain’s Nutcracker – Darien Santos, at 14, is such a skilled dancer that he took on the major role of Young Sea Captain, which had previously always gone to an adult dancer. From the moment this was posted, there was interest on Cape Cod and well beyond.

Winter Storm Riley Riles Up Falmouth – In early March, there were hurricane force winds and terms like “bomb cyclone” being banded about, and when it was over, trees were down. Storms. You like storms.

Paula Hersey’s Story: A Face Of Affordable Housing On Cape Cod – Paula Hersey wants people to know she is a face of affordable housing, hoping to remove what some see as a stigma. It is, in fact very needed, and this story was shared wide, proving many of you agree.

The Best Cape Cod Neighborhood; Woods Hole Houseboats – Slideshow – Woods Hole Houseboats. No other description necessary.

Woods Hole Houseboats


Falmouth To Woods Hole During Winter Storm Grayson – VIDEO – At the height of winter storm Grayson, we took a tour along the water from Falmouth Harbor to Woods Hole, so you wouldn’t have to. You are welcome.

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See also…

2018 – A Year Of Scenic Photos

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Cape Cod Wave

Cape Cod Wave is an online magazine covering the character and culture of Cape Cod. We feature long-form journalism, slices of Cape Cod life, scenic slide shows, and music videos of local bands playing original music.

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