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Scientists hope to help seals and humans better coexist

In the past five years, New ­England’s growing seal population has been blamed for luring great white sharks to Cape Cod beaches. Fishermen complain they have to compete against the marine mammals’ insatiable appetite for a dwindling number of fish. The relationship between seals and humans has grown so tense that five adult seals were shot in the head last year.

Now comes a broad-based effort to study one of the most common and mysterious animals off New England’s coast and help resolve ­human-seal conflicts.

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