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YouTube user Rob Pompilio recently posted a video featuring a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) off of the coast of New Jersey. According to the video description, the footage was shot on January 9, 2013 about 30 miles from shore. Atlantic white sharks are known to travel north along the east coast of the U.S. during the summer months seeking cooler waters, as temperatures rise during the summer months.
According to a report from OCEARCH.org, a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) has been fitted with a SPOT tag for the first time in history in North Atlantic waters. The OCEARCH team, working with Dr. Greg Skomal (Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries) and Dr. Nick Whitney (Mote Marine Laboratory), successfully tagged a 15-foot (4.5m) female white shark in the waters of Cape Cod. The OCEARCH team is headed up by Chris Fischer who has been featured in the past on National Geographic’s “Shark Men” and “Expedition Great White.” Read more
YouTube user cctuna91 captured some video footage of what appears to be a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in Cape Cod Bay. According the video description, the shark was spotted 2-3 miles off of Barnstable, MA.
According to a WCVB.com report, Jeffrey Richardson was fishing for tuna when he encountered the shark, which he estimated to be about 12′ (3.5m) in length. Greg Skomal of Massachusetts’ Division of Marine Fisheries told WCVB that he was “pretty confident” that it was a white shark but wanted to see more photos and video to confirm the species.
Canada’s CTV News reports that the jaws of a great white shark caught by fisherman Wayne Linkletter will be donated to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History located in Halifax. The white shark was accidentally trapped in fishing weir intended to catch herring near Economy, Nova Scotia on August 7. While Linkletter has donated the head of the captured shark to science, the video report at CTV News stated that he plans to eat the rest of it.
Though rare sightings of white sharks in Nova Scotia waters have been reported, physical evidence to back up the reports has been sparse in recent years. The accidental capture of this white shark provides solid evidence of the species presence in the region.
The shark’s jaws are in the process of being cleaned by a museum curator. The jaws are expected to go on display around mid September in the Halfax museum’s marine gallery.
Boston’s NECN is reporting that three Chatham beaches have been closed indefinitely after beachgoers witnessed a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) preying on a harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) “close to beach.” The three beaches closed are North Beach, North Beach Island and South Beach are closed to swimming. A swimming ban from 5pm to 9:30am still remains in effect for Chatham’s Lighthouse Beach.