University of Miami’s Neil Hammerschlag says it’s too early to blame great white shark

Great white sharks occasionally visit Florida waters this time of year. However, there is currently no evidence to suggest that the species was involved in yesterday's fatal attack.

After multiple media outlets ran reports earlier today suggesting the possibility of great white sharks being responsible for yesterday’s fatal shark attack off the coast of Stuart, Florida, the Sun Sentinel is reporting that Neil Hammerschlag of University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science said that it’s too blame great white sharks for the attack.

Hammerschlag said that while white sharks do occasionally visit Florida waters, a determination of the species involved in yesterday’s attack can not be determined without examining the victim’s wounds or unless witnesses were able to positively identify the attacking sharks. Hammerschlag also noted that any of several species could have been responsible for yesterday’s attack.

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